A smile is a curve that can get a lot of things straight.
Kids can learn about money, hard work and capitalism. Some parents don’t believe in giving their kids an allowance. Instead they give their kids a commission. If the children work doing chores, they get paid. If they don’t work, they don’t get anything. Children learn very quickly how capitalism works throughout the United States. They realize if they want something, they will have to work hard to earn it.
The pay range could be around $1 to $5 per chore. Some increase the amount as the child grows and the work becomes more difficult. If you decide to go this route, make sure the commission amount is appropriate for your family and budget.
Bad Report Card? What To Do #9: Don’t Punish
Some students are deathly afraid of punishment for poor report card performance. They can obsess over getting high test scores instead of actually learning the material. Even if your child does not perform as well as you would like on a report card, still try to keep the tone positive. Boost their confidence by offering encouraging words. Show some understanding and let them know that you believe in them. This may lower their stress and allow for better grades.
The quality of your children’s lives will be determined by the quality of the people in their lives.
Praising effort leads to a more confident child. Acknowledging their hard work motivates kids because effort is a factor they can control. Students cannot control the grades they receive, but they can control their preparation and determination to do their best. Applauding their effort reinforces the message that learning and improving is achievable when they try.
We take the students whose hopes were fading and give them the courage to look ahead.
To reduce sibling squabbles, spend a few minutes each day alone with each child. This way they won’t be jockeying for the parent’s attention.
Check back tomorrow for an amazing way to teach siblings co-operation.
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After your kids have worked hard to achieve what they want, have them take the time to enjoy it. Give them lots of praise when accomplishing a goal.
There are several strategies you can use to build a positive relationship with your children. Create a loving home by playing with your children and expressing affection. You need to give them attention no matter how busy you are. Be consistent with schedules and activities so children know what to expect. Respond to similar behaviors in similar ways. Be flexible and willing to involve kids in the decision making process.