Ministry of Education, Guyana

Parenting Tips

pt-20130924-2Having a child go off to Nursery school is always marked by joy that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things; and marred by sadness that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things! The best way to ease the transition to school is by doing some “homework” of your own to make yourself and your little scholar ready for the first day of “BIG school”.

In this section, we will look at four (4) important areas where you can help yourself and your child be best prepared for nursery school and a lifetime of success. These areas are:

Staying connected as kids approach the teen years and become more independent may become a challenge for parents, but it's as important as ever if not more so now. While activities at school, new interests, and a growing social life become more important to growing kids, parents are still the anchors, providing love, guidance, and support. And that connection provides a sense of security and helps build the resilience kids needs to roll with life's ups and downs.
On average, college graduates earn  more over their lifetime than adults without high school diplomas. That means that the effort, time and focus your child puts into her schoolwork today will likely have long-term effects on her quality of life. In addition to being encouraging and supportive, help your child focus by emphasizing that hard work literally pays off.
A child's self-confidence can be a lot like a roller coaster. One moment, she's flying high after getting a good mark on a science project, and the next moment, her confidence is down in the dumps because some friends left her out. As a parent, it's your job to boost your child's self-esteem so that she's able to withstand the things that can hurt her confidence. You can help build true and lasting self-esteem by focusing on small ways to tell your child that she matters.
The key to building a postive relationship and sorting out any communication difficulties with your teenager is to keep the channels of communication open. We tend to consider the importance of big talks about significant topics with teens, but the ability to connect when it really matters is often based on the ability to connect when it doesn't. The way you relate to them in day-to-day life will make it easier - or harder - to sort out the key issues. We can get locked into unhelpful ways of communicating - bickering, nagging, criticising - that once we're in are…
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