CSP Spotlight: Positive Parenting and School Readiness
Here are some simple tips to help parents prepare their child for a positive experience in kindergarten and later life.
- Model reading habits that you want your child to have. Sit down and read a book with your child!
- Give your child positive feedback on a regular basis. Give children genuine praise and not just empty words. Appreciate their effort as well as the results.
- Appreciate your child’s good qualities! Be sure to tell them they are special!!
- Give your child your time and attention. Children who feel loved and appreciated at home are not likely to act out at school.
- Teach your child how to show respect to others. Lead by example.
- Allow your child to take responsibility for their own actions including their mistakes. Be sure your expectations match what is developmentally age appropriate for that child.
- Keep in communication with your child's teacher. Visit the classroom. Communicate about good things as well as problems. Remember...this is a partnership!
- Success in school depends on getting plenty of sleep. Set a regular bedtime routine and stick to it!
- Help your child with their daily home learning activities. Get into the habit of studying a little bit every night.
- Talk to your child; involve them in conversations about the world around them. Ask your child lots of questions and allow them to think of solutions to those questions.
- Make time for unstructured, free play. Let your child be creative and explore their world through play.
- Celebrate every accomplishment!
Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start, Child Care Partnership, and Early Intervention programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.