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:

“I just wish she had the confidence to speak up.” This is a phrase I hear over and over again from parents of young girls – and I remember having the same thought when my own daughter was in kindergarten. As parents, we see the best in our kids. We know the positive qualities they bring to this world, and we want them to share those qualities with others. We want them to showcase their strengths and truly know their talents. Building self-confidence and developing a strong voice to go with it takes time, however, and many girls feel stuck…
Whether it’s a cancelled play date, an ice cream cone that falls on the ground, a scoreless soccer game, or a broken promise due to unforeseen circumstances, life is full of disappointments of varying sizes. While the gut instinct of the caring parent might very well be to sweep the disappointment out of the way by offering a quick solution, parents can’t always protect their kids from letdowns. And that’s okay.
When my daughter was three, my husband and I realized that we had a habit of letting her eat breakfast on the couch watching her favorite show. We decided A Change Was Needed (plus, butter stains on the sofa), and we planned to adult the heck out of this situation by moving her to the table for breakfast.
Two first grade boys argue on the playground while playing kickball with a group of kids. One calls the other a cheater and threatens to tell the teacher. The other boy yells back that he’s not a cheater, but that he never wants to play with the other boy again. He stomps away from the kickball field with his head down. The game resumes without him.
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