America is home to people with a great variety of attitudes. Americans have different ideas and priorities which can affect how we choose to raise our children. Across these differences, however, research has shown that being effective parents involves the following qualities: showing love, providing support, and setting limits. Young people need adults who are there for them, communicate with them, spend time with them and show a genuine interest in them. That is what we are about here at Northside Christian Academy School.
As we enter the spring season, it can be hard to keep children focused on learning. What can we do to make school a top priority for our kids? Keep these simple ideas in mind–they’re useful at any time of the year.
Make attendance job #1. Let your youngsters know that unless they’re sick, they must go to school. Try to schedule routine dentist and doctor appointments after school hours. If possible, take family vacations during school breaks. Tip: Give awards for perfect attendance each month. Try a “Job Well Done” certificate or a coupon good for a night of bowling or a movie.
Show you care. Want your children to know that you’re interested in their learning? Talk about their school activities and projects. Attend as many school events as you can. If homework and after school activities conflict, speak up: “I know you have baseball practice this evening, but homework needs to get done as well.”
Keep it upbeat. Try to set a positive example for your children, even when your own day has been difficult. Instead of saying, “I had a hard day at work. I’ll never get my project done,” try, “Work was hard today, but I made some progress on my project.” If you show a positive attitude about your work, your youngsters may feel better about their own.
Billy Graham said, “Children will invariably talk, eat, walk, think, respond, and act like their parents. Give them a target to shoot at. Give them a goal to work toward. Give them a pattern that they can see clearly, and you give them something that gold and silver cannot buy.”
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