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How to Help Your Child Succeed

 

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Encourage Your Kids to Develop Healthy Friendships

Friendship is a vital component of childhood that teaches valuable social skills, helps stave off depression and brings with it some of the greatest joys. For some children, making friends comes easy, but others may need some guidance to develop their self-confidence and social skills. If bullying is an issue, talk with your child, and coach him/her to seek help rather than fighting back, contact the school staff, and the offender’s parents as well.

Warning signs a child is being bullied:

1. Has few if any friends he/she spends time with
2. Loses interest in school work, grades start to slide
3. Has unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches
4. Seems anxious & suffers from low self-esteem
5. Seems afraid of going to school.

Tips to help your child to develop healthy friendships:

1. Encourage your child to get involved with extracurricular activities that interest them
2. Be a good role model of making and fostering personal friendships
3. Set clear rules about sharing, and how to treat others
4. Teach conflict solving skills
5. Develop empathy in your child
6. Practice cooperation and problem solving
7. Teach that it’s alright to be different
8. Share stories about others that demonstrate strong friendship skills
 

Usborne Books & More has many wonderful titles that focus on friendship, relationships – and even bullying.

 

Chapter book by Susanne Gervay, 144 pages, Ages 8-12
“…a significant resource for parents, students and teachers. School bullying can have a devastating effect on a child and the school community. It can happen to anyone. Through story journey, I AM JACK emotionally engages the bullied, bully, other children, teachers, parents exploring important ways to create a safer place.”
Welcome to Silver Spires
Katy is nervous about going to boarding school for the first time, especially as she’s got a big secret to hide. The girls in her dorm seem really nice, but when someone sets Katy up for a fall, how will her new friends react?
 
School Friends Series chapter books by Ann Bryant, 176 pages, Ages 10+
Drama at Silver Spires
Georgie loves acting and is determined to win her favourite role in the school play. But her audition goes drastically wrong and an older girl steals the show instead. Will Georgie ever get her chance in the limelight now?
 
School Friends Series chapter books by Ann Bryant, 176 pages, Ages 10+
Chapter book by Krista Blakeney Bell, 176 pages, Ages 10-14
A novel about keeping secrets, family loyalty and the true meaning of friendship.
Chapter book by Krista Blakeney Bell, 176 pages, Ages 10-14
A novel about keeping an open mind, making unexpected friends, and asking the right questions.
Chapter book by Susanne Gervay, 256 pages, Ages 11 years+
An extraordinary story of a journey where pain and trauma become triumph and a passion for living, Butterflies is a coming of age story that celebrates the fighter in all of us.
Picture book by Anette Bley, 36 pages, Ages 3-5
There are all kinds of friends, and all are explored in this lovely, quiet volume by Anette Bley. A tribute to friends of all ages, this is a book to be shared both with those just beginning the process of gathering and making friends, and those who have a lifetime of shared laughter and experiences behind them.
“I wish I had a friend to play with on grey and rainy days. Someone to get in trouble with when I feel like playing tricks. Someone to dance and laugh with when I am happy. A friend who is quiet with me when I feel sad.”

 

Is Your Child Being Bullied?

Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope that everyone is doing well today, I know that it is probably a busy week for a lot of people because school has already started in some areas.

Well I wanted to just share some advice on Bullying for those of you that have school aged children. A few years ago my son was in first grade and he really like going to school until one day a boy that was a year older than him started to pick on him. My son was terrified, he was picked on every time he went on the playground, or on the bus, even after school. The bully would call him names, laugh at him, and push him around. My son’s father and I spoke to the teachers and even the principal yet the bullying did not stop. My son would cry because he did not want to go to school, he hated the thought of school, and that was just the most heartbreaking thing to see as a parent. You feel so helpless, but we consistently had talks to our son and encouraged him to stand up for himself, to be strong, bold and not to be afraid because everyone should be treated equally and not be bullied by someone else.

Bullying is very hard on children, it breaks their self-esteem, crushes their hopes and makes them feel shunned from the rest of the world. As parents/adults/friends or just anyone in society it is our duty to be spokesmen & women against bullying. We need to be there and raise the awareness of what bullying can do to children and how we can prevent and stop it from happening. I think  that if more people spoke out against bullying and punishments were put in place for bullies it could drastically lower the number of incidents. Countless children have commited suicide because they were being bullied, and that is unacceptable.

“I am Jack” is a children’s book written by author Susanne Gervay, the book is basically about a boy named Jack who loves going to school until another kid starts calling him “butthead” and then the other kids start calling him that too. It takes you through the life of a child being bullied and how he deals with it and overcomes it. I think that this book will definitely help children understand what bullying is and how to overcome it/deal with it/ and help others who are dealing with being bullied.

I wish I had this book a few years ago to read to my child, but I have it now to read to my youngest child and my niece. Every parent, teacher and student should read this book. It should be read together and discussed. It is so simple and yet so common.

***If you or someone you know has a child that is dealing with this issue you can visit this WEBSITE  http://s3753.myubam.com/p/1593/i-am-jack  to purchase this book. It will make a big difference in a child’s life.

***If you or someone you know needs help or advice on bullying you can visit http://www.pacer.org/bullying/?gclid=CNnmjviOjbICFcXb4AodsE0ApQ . This is a website commited to raising awareness about bullying and helping children and teens stand up and stop it.

Literacy Tip Of the week

Do you know a struggling reader?

 Or a child who hates to read? Read aloud to them at least 30 minutes a day, and seek help immediately from a  teacher trained in high quality reading remediation. You will be giving a child hope and the skills to succeed in life.

Having books readily available around the house is a great idea to encourage reading. I have a little box filled with story books next to my kids bed, as well as a box of story books next to their toys in the living room. You can come up with your own creative ways to have books around the house as well, like maybe even having a few in the car. A good idea is to have not just books but even comic books, magazines etc.. things that you know that will interest your child. If your child likes dinosaurs, butterflies, science or dolls, then make sure to have a few story books and magazines about those things. Your little one will love it, and  remember that  learning to read should always be fun and for children.

Encouraging your child to read and reading to them for at least 20 minutes each day is a great way to help your child/children fall in love with books and reading.

For great books, homework helpers and tips for beginning readers and even school age children you can check out my website at http://www.S3753.myubam.com