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Parent Tips

June 25, 2022

Show your child how to become a responsible citizen. Find ways to help others all year. Kids gain a sense of self-worth by volunteering in the community.

June 18, 2022

Acknowledge your kid’s strong emotions. When your child’s meltdown is over, ask him, “How did that feel?” and “What do you think would make it better?” Then listen to him. He’ll recover from a tantrum more easily if you let him talk it out.

June 11, 2022

Teach kids this bravery trick. Tell them to always notice the color of a person’s eyes. Making eye contact will help a hesitant child appear more confident and will help any kid to be more assertive and less likely to be picked on.

June 4, 2022

Ask your children three “you” questions every day. The art of conversation is an important social skill, but parents often neglect to teach it. Get a kid going with questions like, “Did you have fun at school?”; “What did you do at the party you went to?”; or “Where do you want to go tomorrow afternoon?”

May 28, 2022

Pass along your plan. Mobilize the other caregivers in your child’s life — your spouse, grandparents, daycare worker, babysitter — to help reinforce the values and the behavior you want to instill. This includes everything from saying thank you and being kind to not whining.

May 21, 2022

Don’t accept disrespect from your child. Never allow her to be rude or say hurtful things to you or anyone else. If she does, tell her firmly that you will not tolerate any form of disrespect.

May 14, 2022

Just say “No.” Resist the urge to take on extra obligations at the office or become the Volunteer Queen at your child’s school. You will never, ever regret spending more time with your children.

May 7, 2022

Trust your mommy gut. No one knows your child better than you. Follow your instincts when it comes to his health and well-being. If you think something’s wrong, chances are you’re right.

April 30,2022

Give yourself a break. Hitting the drive-through when you’re too tired to cook doesn’t make you a bad parent.

April 27, 2022

Gossip about your kids. Fact: What we overhear is far more potent than what we are told directly. Make praise more effective by letting your child “catch” you whispering a compliment about him to Grandma, Dad, or even his teddy.

April 20,2022

Cheer the good stuff. When you notice your child doing something helpful or nice, let him know how you feel. It’s a great way to reinforce good behavior so he’s more likely to keep doing it.

April 13,2022

Give appropriate praise. Instead of simply saying, “You’re great,” try to be specific about what your child did to deserve the positive feedback. You might say, “Waiting until I was off the phone to ask for cookies was hard, and I really liked your patience.”

April 6,2022

Respect parenting differences. Support your spouse’s basic approach to raising kids — unless it’s way out of line. Criticizing or arguing with your partner will do more harm to your marriage and your child’s sense of security than if you accept standards that are different from your own.

February 26, 2022

Live a little greener. Show your kids how easy it is to care for the environment. Waste less, recycle, reuse, and conserve each day. Spend an afternoon picking up trash around the neighborhood.

February 19, 2022

Fess up when you blow it. This is the best way to show your child how and when she should apologize.

February 12, 2022

Be the role model your children deserve. Kids learn by watching their parents. Modeling appropriate, respectful, good behavior works much better than telling them what to do.

February 5, 2022

Make warm memories. Your children will probably not remember anything that you say to them, but they will recall the family rituals — like bedtimes and game night — that you do together.

January 25, 2022

Encourage daddy time. The greatest untapped resource available for improving the lives of our children is time with Dad — early and often. Kids with engaged fathers do better in school, problem-solve more successfully, and generally cope better with whatever life throws at them.

January 18, 2022

Schedule daily special time. Let your child choose an activity where you hang out together for 10 or 15 minutes with no interruptions. There’s no better way for you to show your love.

January 11, 2022

Read books together every day. Get started when he’s a newborn; babies love listening to the sound of their parents’ voices. Cuddling up with your child and a book is a great bonding experience that will set him up for a lifetime of reading.

January 4, 2022

Play with your children. Let them choose the activity, and don’t worry about rules. Just go with the flow and have fun. That’s the name of the game.

December 18, 2021

Monitor your child’s use of the Internet. The stuff kids can access in cyberspace can be dangerous. Get a program that will let you see the web sites they visit and monitor their chats.

December 11, 2021

Children need positive attention. If they do not receive positive attention from family, they may choose to seek out negative attention.  This is because negative attention is still attention, and any attention is better than being ignored.  Remember to communicate with your child. Love and care are the greatest healers.

December 4, 2021

Get support if you need it. Life with children is a roller coaster ride. Understanding that there will be negative aspects to child rearing and getting some professional advice when necessary will help you maintain your sanity and enjoy the experience.

 

November 27, 2021

If a child thinks his or her brother or sister is favored, it can create a rivalry that may last the rest of their lives and cause problems in your family. Make sure your kids know that they are loved equally.

November 20, 2021

Avoid negative emotional reactions, such as anger, sarcasm, and ridicule.  If your child has problems with control, negativity will only make him or her feel         worse. Use short and mild suggestions to remind your child to focus, like “P.A.,” for “pay attention.”

November 13, 2021

Punishing a child is not as effective as using praise and rewards. Rather than focusing on weaknesses, find ways to assist your child in developing to his or        her full potential.  When encouraged, children will acquire talents to compensate for any deficiencies.

November 6, 2021

Identify your child’s strengths. You can use them to build your child’s self-              esteem, helping to provide the confidence he or she needs to tackle whatever        seems difficult. Children will be more willing to listen and understand how to correct adverse behaviors if their dignity is intact.

 

Oct 4, 2021

Set Limits

When children do something against the rules, explain simply and in a few words:

    • That what they did was wrong
    • What will happen if the behavior continues Consequences need to be logical, meaningful, and simple. For example:
      • If your child rides a bike without a helmet, the bike is off limits for a day or two.
      • When your child won’t share a toy, that toy can’t be used for the rest of the day.

Parent Resources

 

Links for More Information on Early Learning and Other Programs

Here are some additional websites to find information on early learning  and other educational and development programs. We hope these can help you gain knowledge on various parenting subjects, the importance of early learning, developmental milestones and educational tools. Click on the links to open the websites in a new tab.

The Child Development Centre has many different programs that support early learning, visit their site to learn more. Also check out their project ideas for fun activities.

Community Bridge has great programs for early learners such as their Mother Goose program, and Daddy and me program.

Fort St. John Literacy Society promotes literacy for everyone, visit the site to learn more about early childhood literacy.

Ready, Set, Learn includes parent booklets to help guide early learning and other links such as Let’s Play and Supporting your child’s transition to school.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S not only provides multicultural early learning support for families it also has a variety of helpful tools and programs for newcomers to Canada.

Early Learning Framework Course is a free course to learn more about the early learning

We hope these links help you discover ways to kick start early learning and connect to other resources in the community. Please be aware that due to COVID-19 many of these programs may be modified or on hold. Check out their individual sites for up to date information.

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The Key Learning Centre provides alternative style educational programs to British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.
We enroll a population of more than 800 students, offering programs for K-12 students, as well as adults. Adult students use our programs both to graduate and to upgrade in order to pursue post-secondary education goals.

Northern BC Distance Education School – 10511 99th Ave Fort St John, BC V1J1V6

Phone: 250-261-5660 | Toll-Free: 800-663-9511 | Fax: 250-785-1188 | Email: info@keylearning.ca