Parenting Tips 3

Encourage Your Child’s Thinking

★ Restrict viewing of TV or videos and time spent at a computer or playing video games.
Children learn best by doing. The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending no conversation helps children learn words and can be the most important way to prepare your children for school.

★ Give your children time for play. 
With our busy schedules it can be hard to find time to just relax at home, but make sure your child has time regularly for satisfying play time.

★ Read, read, and read some more to your child.
The wonderful world of books will open up to your child with daily reading. Pick stories about things that are interesting to your child.

★ Explore your child’s interests. 
If you have a child who is interested in trucks, visit a construction site, read books about trucks, talk and wonder about trucks together, and play trucks. All of this helps children learn many things about the world while developing their unique talents and abilities.

★ Ask your child questions such as “What do you think?” or say “Tell me about it,” and really listen to the answers. 
These kinds of open-ended questions have no right or wrong answer and build great conversation. The
answers will also help you understand what your child does and doesn’t know.

★ Treat problems as opportunities. 
You lost some pieces of a game? Make up a new game. You don’t have tape—what else could you use?
This makes your children resourceful and good at coming up with fresh ideas.

Source: Parents Count. Better Kid Care, Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension, March, 2005. 

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