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Parent Tip & Enrichment - 2020 February


Parent Tips:


Dessert for free?

Several years ago a girlfriend and I had an epiphany… why were we giving out dessert for free!?


It was a funny moment that came with a useful solution.  After dinner, encourage children to clean up whatever they’ve left around the house (we call it doing rounds).  After rounds - which we all do and which last about 10-15 minutes - dessert is served!  We don’t announce that you “don’t get dessert until…” rather we just set the schedule for the evening knowing we can all enjoy a little sweet when the house is tidy.


Chore Charts 2.0.  

- Make certain you make the chore chart together as a family.

- Don’t call it a chore chart - To Do, Rounds, etc.

- Give them a task like dishes or laundry one day a week to start.

- Add things like teeth and make beds so when they don’t have laundry or dishes, their jobs feel lighter.

- Give them a lesson on how to do their chores… how to properly load a dishwasher, etc.  I too often take for granted what they don’t yet know!

- Don’t mention the chore chart.  You can ask them to check it every day (maybe after dinner), but don’t mention specific items… this will quickly become nagging.

- If they balk (which they will after the novelty wears off) simply acknowledge their difficulty and get on with your own chores (this is why it’s important to add yourself to the chart as well).

Articles:


Check out this article on homework: https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/28/health/no-homework-parenting-wellness-strauss/index.html

Check out this article from INC. Magazine:

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/science-says-the-most-successful-kids-have-parents-who-do-these-9-things?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Many of you may be up to your eyeballs in information about screens (video games, iPhone and iPads).  The evidence is mounting against using them at this development stage (0-12).  Yet, how do we wean our children (and us) from this habit?

Please read: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614893/classroom-technology-holding-students-back-edtech-kids-education/



Many of you may be up to your eyeballs in information about screens (video games, iPhone and iPads).  The evidence is mounting against using them at this development stage (0-12).  Yet, how do we wean our children (and us) from this habit?


1   Take the devices away (or begin to limit them over a period of 4 weeks).  This will upset your child to no end and will leave space for them/you to fill.  However, the pleas for devices will subside.  They key then will be to give them access to things that will be entertaining.


2.  50 books (the maximum at most LI branches) from the library of all types for instance dropped in your hallway.  Doing this every week will help a lot. 


3.  Create a pet swap with another family.  Pets can sometimes feel like big chores, but if you swap them out for care for a week, children will be all consumed by the newness.


4.  Let your child “be bored”.  Tons of evidence on this.  Calmly repeat that they should look for something to do preferably outside.  Beware: You will likely have to repeat this 20+ times.


5.  Set up an “art cabinet” and stock it full of new things frequently.  This does not have to be expensive.  Dollar Store and Michaels are a good bet.


6.  Filmed entertainment with good stories are a better alternative to screens.  We’ll have these available on our Parent Space launching next week.


7.  My personal favorite: make sure to kiss your kids in the morning before checking your phone.

For parents, check out this article from INC. Magazine:

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/science-says-the-most-successful-kids-have-parents-who-do-these-9-things?utm_source=pocket-newtab


About Parent Tips & Enrichment: At The School House, the idea that a school can educate a child without the engagement of parents has long been disproven. Enrichment is intended to bridge the gap between what a child learns in school and their learning environment at home.

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