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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