PARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Spend time with your child when there’s no time to spare!
• Plan some one-on-one time. Your child should know that there will be some time during the week when she gets your undivided attention. Seeing "Mom and Sydney" on the calendar for Saturday will help your child make it through a particulary tough week at school.
Source: R. Silverman, "No Time? 5 Tips to Spend Time with Children When You Have No Time to Spare," www. drrobynsilverman.com/parenting-tips/no-time-5-tips-to-spend-time-with-children-when-you-have-no-time-to-spare/.
Reading for information is an important school skill
Researchers say grit is key to school success
• Emphasize starting. People with grit don’t put off unpleasant tasks. So help your child develop the habit of getting started. "You work on homework and I’ll clean these drawers. Let’s see what we can finish in 15 minutes."
• Stress effort versus ability. Tell your child that success requires dedication and effort as much or more than intelligence.
Help your elementary schooler succeed on standardized tests
• Promote reading. Many tests require reading, so make sure your child reads often. Then ask questions that stimulate thinking. "Why do you think the main character did that?"
• Reduce anxiety. Some kids like to take timed practice tests at home. But as test day approaches, focus on relaxation. Stay positive and calm. If your child is worried, she can take deep breaths and think confident thoughts, knowing she has your support no matter what.