Ministry of Education, Guyana

Parenting Tips

pt-20130924-2Having a child go off to Nursery school is always marked by joy that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things; and marred by sadness that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things! The best way to ease the transition to school is by doing some “homework” of your own to make yourself and your little scholar ready for the first day of “BIG school”.

In this section, we will look at four (4) important areas where you can help yourself and your child be best prepared for nursery school and a lifetime of success. These areas are:

Compassion means we care about others, treat them with kindness and feel a strong desire to help people in need. Compassion is empathy in action. For a two-year-old, compassion might look like giving a hug to a friend or family member who feels sad. Noticing someone else's distress and wanting to respond is the foundation of compassion.
Courage involves making good choices in the face of fear or obstacles. It’s another term for bravery. Remember: Bravery doesn’t mean fearlessness. It means we do not let fear hold us back from exploring new opportunities, developing our skills, and doing what is right. For a five-year-old, courage might look like starting a new school, trying a new activity that stretches them, and learning new skills that take effort.
Honesty means we are truthful in what we say and do. It means people can rely on us and it’s the basis of a trusting relationship. For eight-year-olds, honesty looks like consistently telling the truth, accepting responsibility for their actions, and sharing important information with trusted adults – particularly about situations where they or others may need help. At this age kids understand the difference between telling the truth and lying, but they also want to please adults, so they may lie to hide accidents or misbehavior or to “protect” a friend.
Much as we love the winter holidays, by the time Thanksgiving has come and gone, many of us are feeling a little anxious as well. We want so much to create memorable celebrations for our families, that it can be hard to separate our sense of duty and obligation from our own intuitive sense of what our children really need, and what we most want for ourselves during this hectic time of year.
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