What Messages Are in Your Child’s Head?


Parenting Thought

Messages we hear when we are young stick with us in many unexpected ways and are remembered when we least expect it.

Kids who have trouble in school are sometimes reacting to old messages from a parent, neighbor, or other important adults.

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Imagine how the messages below could keep a child from becoming a good student.

  • “You’re just like your mother – a real goof-off in school.
  • “Why are you being so dumb?”
  • “I hated school, when I was young.”
  • “Math is just not you’re thing.”
  • “You can’t concentrate for more than three minutes; you’re such a daydreamer.”
Winter’s Picture Books
We have been amazed at how much good parenting information is in children’s picture books – books that we hope you are reading everyday to the children in your lives – your own, your class, those you take care of.  For each book, we are noting there is something in it to remind you of how to be the parent you want to be.
What’s in it for you, the reader? 
A reminder of how important self-esteem is for your children.
What’s in it for you, the reader?
A reminder that babies start making decisions about themselves and the world around them from the moment they are born (if not before).
What’s in it for you, the reader?
A reminder that natural consequences are powerful. See for more about natural consequences.
What’s in it for you, the reader?
A reminder that your child has a star within him. You can help it shine.
What’s in it for you, the reader?
A reminder that you can help your child with sad and frustrated feelings when they can’t have everything they want.

Read All About It:

Decisions Babies Make

SELF-ESTEEM A FAMILY AFFAIR, Jean Illsley Clarke

GROWING UP AGAIN: PARENTING OURSELVES, PARENTING OUR CHILDREN, Jean Illsley Clarke and Connie Dawson

Surf the Internet:

self-fulfilling prophecy

 

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