My end of year ‘top ten’ suggestions for parents.

source url As an educator I am often asked by parents what they can do to help improve their children’s education and life prospects.

how to buy furosemide Here are my ‘top ten’ suggestions, with a very short rationale for each one. I shall focus on those things that parents are better equipped to do than schools.

  1. Make sure your child gets enough good quality sleep. Sleep affects health, cognition (thinking ability) and longevity. Get your child to bed at a reasonable time in a darkened room from which phones, computers and televisions are banished.
  2. Ensure that your child eats a well balanced diet of dishes made from high quality ingredients. Instil good eating habits that will last a lifetime. Even better, teach your child to cook healthy meals for himself. Cooking is a basic life skill that gets passed down from one generation to the next. If you yourself can’t cook, I suggest you learn (that’s what I’m doing these days – better late than never!).
  3. Insist the family eats one main meal together every day around the dining table. That’s where news is exchanged and where children learn from their parents.
  4. Teach your child good manners. Manners are the means by which people show respect for each other, and manners have to be taught. People recognize good manners even across cultural differences, and they are always appreciated.
  5. Have lots of books in your home. Take your child to the library as part of your routine. Read to your child, and listen to her reading to you. Make sure your child catches you reading quietly to yourself for pleasure; this will tell her that reading really matters. If you don’t read, then almost certainly your child won’t either.
  6. Make strong connections with your child’s school. Learn about the school’s mission, and about how the teachers teach your child and assess her progress. Become a strong partner in the home-school-child relationship.
  7. Teach your child the benefits and dangers of social media. Regarding the dangers, please be aware that a lot of peer bullying takes place on social media. Also be aware that there are many adults and algorithms that target your child for some very unpleasant reasons, including sexual grooming. Work with the school on this, and ‘gang up’ with the parents of your child’s friends; when parents work together they can have a dramatic and positive influence on the peer pressure to which your child is exposed.
  8. Provide your child with a variety of new experiences, some of which may be challenging. Do whatever you can afford. Take them to the theatre, cinema and opera; go with them to sports events, big or small (it doesn’t matter if you don’t like football or basketball – it’s in your job description as a parent); take them hiking and camping; encourage them to play a musical instrument; send them on overseas exchange visits with children from other countries and cultures; introduce them to new kinds of food; encourage them to join a team, or a choir, or a youth organization. The more varied their experiences the greater their learning and the higher their chance of discovering an activity that will be a joy for life.
  9. Take your child for walks in the countryside. I wrote about this in my most recent post ‘Lost for Words’,  see below.
  10. Teach your child not to drop litter. Litter is dirty and unsightly. Litter is a major cause of the 8 millions of tons of plastic that is carried every year by rivers and wind to the ocean where it kills marine life and even enters our own food chain. Plastic pollutants and climate change are two of the greatest challenges that we humans face and neither is necessary. For the sake of your child, please teach her good habits so that she becomes part of the solution to these problems.

follow Those are my top ten suggestions, but readers may have some very different ideas. Please let me know by sending a comment, and I’ll include them in a future post.

Thank you.

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