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:

Your teenager craves independence. She wants to seek out activities that interest her, establish relationships with peers who she connects with and choose a personal style that represents her. While you should your teen to enjoy some independence as she matures, she also needs parental guidance. Guidance is particularly important now, as your teen faces serious choices that can impact her health, well-being and future. Understand the advantages of parental guidance for teens, and continue to be a supportive parent for your maturing child.
Through support, guidance and positive parenting, you can help your teenager develop into a responsible adult. The teenage years teach your young adult how to face hardships, overcome obstacles, and learn from mistakes and poor decisions. Targeted parenting techniques help you mold your teens into successful adults.
Teens don't always pay attention to the big picture. Instead, they're more concerned about the here and now, which can lead to chronic irresponsibility. If you want your teen to buck up, take responsibility and think ahead, you'll need to adjust your own parenting skills. You might be the one enabling your teen to ignore responsibility and get away with lazy behavior. Make your teen more responsible by expecting more.
Children at their earliest ages should learn and realize the importance of education in their lives. Some kids, however, may resist your efforts and insist on doing things their way. As a parent, your best teaching tool is your attitude. Having a positive attitude about reading and a curiosity about learning new things instills similar beliefs in your children. Show them that education is the ticket to fulfilling their dreams and having a productive life.
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