Posts Tagged ‘parenting’

25 things your parents said to you (that you’ll probably say to your kids)

Ever experience déjà vu when speaking with your children? Our friends at Timbuktu are here to play back some of the parenting phrases we may say that we may have also heard from our own parents. “Here’s something that keeps us connected to childhood: all the things our parents used to tell us when we were kids (that we probably…

Ways to improve your child’s reading comprehension

If children are reading the words, but not understanding what they’re reading, then they’re not really reading. Educators call this “word calling” and it is a significant issues. Reading comprehension is an essential component of literacy, and until children have mastered this component, they are not fully literate. The good news is that with reading comprehension practice, this essential component…

Tips to Help Your Child Love to Read

Reading to your child from infancy to preteens is a wonderful way to bond with your child and interest him/her in reading. Cuddling up in a cozy chair, couch or bed and immersing yourself and your child in the world of imagination is the best way to encourage your child to read; make reading with your child part of your…

Attention, Listening and Reading: A Tight Linkage

“He really knows the answers. He just doesn’t like to wait for the instructions.” This may be not only one of the most common, but also one of the most accurate comments parents offer in discussing “errors” their children make. Typically, the observation is on target; the children do have the information or skill in question. At the same time,…

Knowing but Not Showing: When Knowledge Seems to Vanish

A couple of weeks back, we started on a problem that is a nightmare for many parents and children. It’s the mediocre or even less than mediocre grades that appear even when your child has really studied and seems well-prepared. As we talked about then, there are a number of language and learning issues that can contribute to this pattern….

When Words Are Not the Way to Go

“Actions speak louder than words.” Years ago, that was a common saying. In recent years, at least in our interactions with our children, this adage seems to have been replaced by a diametrically opposed philosophy, namely, “Let’s talk.” The basic idea seems to be that talk is by far the preferred route to enable our children reach the highest levels…