How Do Great Parents … Encourage Learning

Encourage Your Child’s Learning

(material provided by The Incredible Years, Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Ph.D.)

  • Take an active interest in your child’s play and school activities.
  • Play, read, or do a learning activity with your child every day.
  • Praise and encourage your child’s “efforts” in the right direction (not just the end product.)
  • Set up tangible reward programs for doing the small steps it takes to learn something new or difficult.
  • Be enthusiastic about your child’s school projects.
  • Start with easy learning activities and gradually increase the challenge as your child seems ready.
  • Be realistic about your expectations — follow your child’s lead in terms of what he/she is developmentally ready for.
  • Focus on your child’s strengths not his/her weaknesses.
  • Share something that was hard for you to learn.
  • Project a positive image of your child’s ability in the future.

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