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Parents: Here Are Ways to Enhance YOUR Child's Self Esteem

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INVOLVEMENT, COMMITMENT, AND VOLUNTEERISM

" Understanding the vital role of parenting in education, Hazel Park Prep Academy Learning Community shall have a parent-driven organization whose membership consists of and serves the entire School. The parent organization shall work with students, staff, and administrators to create, facilitate, evaluate, encourage and support activities and programs that enrich the academic and life experience of the members in our community through ways not possible by individual effort."

Parent Involvement

Parents are expected to be involved in their child/rens' education. You may choose to volunteer in the classroom - listening and helping reluctent readers or struggling math students, you could become a FRED Volunteer for 1 - 5 mornings a week ( listening to students read in the F.R.E.D. room), be a Room Mother or Room Father (assisting with 1 or 2 other parents in planning a couple of class celebrations), or,  volunteer during an evening performance during a whole school activitiy. You might want to volunteer to assist with a field trip, or, paper filing or room library assistance . Check with your child's teacher about needs they may have in mind. The community as a whole is invited to volunteer with helping teachers by listening to students read, flashcard drills for speed and accuracy, spelling practice with word families for instance or maybe helpchildren find relevant research for a project. You could share experiences to enhance student learning, or as you see, the sky is the limit! 

FIVE WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR CHILD'S SELF ESTEEM

  1. Build on your child's strength.
  2. Express appreciation when your child is helpful and cooperative.
  3. Give positive support for each step in the learning process.
  4. Show confidence in your child's learning.
  5.  Nurture all successes.

BUILDING COMMUICATION SKILLS

NEGATIVE COMMUNICATION

POSITIVE COMMUNICATION

Calling each other names Express anger without hurt
Put each other down I am angry that you did _______?
Interrupt each other Take turns; keep it short
Criticize too much Point out the positive and negative
Get defensive Listen; calmly disagree
Lecture Tell it short and straight
Look away from the speaker Make eye contact
Slouch Sit up, look interested
Talk in a sarcastic tone Talk in a normal tone
Get off the topic

Finish one topic, go on

Think the worstDo not jump to conclusions
Dredge up the past Stick to the present
Read others' mindAsk others' opinions

Command, Order

Request nicely

Give the silent treatment  

Say what's bothering you

Make light of something   

Take it seriously

Deny you did it

Admit you did it, or nicely explain that you didn't

Nag about small mistakes Admit no one is perfect; overlook small things.