- Let your child grow their own wings
We all look forward to seeing our kids grow into healthy, independent individuals. To do so, give space for your child to carry out things on their own as long as they know how. For example, let your children tidy up their rooms on their own, dress themselves, or clear their plates away from the table by themselves. Step by step, your children will learn to gain responsibility and develop a strong self-esteem.
- Give room for your child to fix their own problems
We know how difficult it can be not to help your child when you already have a clear solution to his/her problem. But how else would your children learn to rely on themselves and develop toughness. Instead, you can resolve by acknowledging your children’s aggravations while leaving them to find a solution and act upon it.
- Focus on the things that really matter
Kids will surprise you in so many ways, and most often, you won’t like it. Don’t argue about everything you don’t approve of. Pick your battles. For example, don’t remark about what he or she is wearing or his/her random language. Rather, give notice to the things that are more ethically related, such as no hitting, no lying, no rude talking, etc.
- Travel with your kid
The whole idea of travel is an enriching experience for both kids and adults. It helps us see the world from different angels, develop a sense of community, and there is always something new to learn. What better to explore and grow with the most important people in your life? You and yours kids will appreciate every moment of it and grow closer together.
- Be Yourself – Laugh and Have Fun!
Rather than always being an authoritative figure for your kids, show them that down to earth, fun and simple side of you. Be yourself with your kids, and they will learn the important of being true to themselves, enjoying the moment and cherishing moments with their parents. Live, laugh and have fun!
*Think there are other ways that make an awesome parent? Feel free to comment below!
5 Effective Communication Techniques for School Principals to build a successful educational environment for teachers and students.
School Principals have a significant duty in shaping a successfully enriching school environment for all teachers and students.
Here’s our insider’s advice on how school principals can communicate effectively with staff, faculty and students.
- School Newsletters:
A newsletter is a great tool of communication that engages parents, and even faculty and students, in the school’s latest and necessary updates. You can either choose to send the newsletter via a mass e-mail service or as a hardcopy on a weekly and/or monthly basis.
Several schools dedicate a weekly newsletter that sums up all the necessary information in one page, including the school’s activities, trips, events, and any significant achievements. It is a cost-effective method that saves the printing of many flyers and leaflets. Its regularity also creates a bond between parents and schools, and is an awaited tool for parents who want to know more about the school’s performances and activities.
Weekly newsletters gives a chance for monthly newsletters to hold more information. Monthly newsletters will serve parents with excess details, articles, news, polls and other exciting updates. Like the weekly newsletter, it may be distributed through mass e-mail to the parents’ database (and optionally students and teachers’ database). Or it can be sent by mail to parents’ homes. This will entirely depend on your budget and how internet-friendly the parents are.
- School Podcast:
As a school thriving with twenty-first-century teaching techniques, new technology should always be introduced. Principals can benefit from the School Podcast by dedicating thirty minutes each day to talk about important updates, interesting insights, engaging and knowledgeable information, etc. The more creative and interactive the content is, the more credible and trust worthy your school reputation will be. Not to mention, students, teachers and parents will be able to not only read words by listen to opinions, facts and necessary data.
- Face-to-Face Communication:
The best, most effective form of communication is face-to-face. The more serious or important the topic is, the better it is to communicate directly. Principals may invite parents over a ‘Coffee with the Principal’ event the start of every month, where they can address issues, concerns and updates. It also created a friendly sphere were parents can engage with a credible school official to build further trust. As well, ‘Parents Meetings’ are a great channel for parents to directly interact with their child’s teachers, and learn about his/her performance, concerns, achievements, etc. Other effective events could be small group discussions where the parents’ inputs may help improve and evolve the school’s performance.
- Parents Portal:
What’s better than dedicating a portal of online communication for parents? This tool is essentially effective, as parents will have the luxury of signing in to their personalized profile, check streaming news and updates, have a real-time chat with teachers or principals and monitor their children’s performance at school. Any needed information, updates, stats or the like can be found on this portal. iStudent EDS has similarly created iSite that is a specialized online portal displaying an array of public data to parents (and also to teachers and students) including applicants registration, generic school reports, statistics, tuition fees and more. For more information, check features about iSite here.
- Listen and Suspend:
Listening and suspending is an effective communication technique that many will need to use in challenging situations. Principals have the responsibility to listen to parents, teachers, and students’ concerns. However, many will find their emotions immersed in such challenging situations, and as a result, stimulate subjectivity within the problem-solving process. By setting the emotional factor aside, and logically listening to the issues being addressed, an act of suspension is being taken. Suspension will, hence, allow a fruitful discussion where problems may be solved accurately and efficiently.
The top 5 effective modelling techniques for parents to positively influence their children’s characters and behaviors.
Have you ever asked yourself who your role model is? Not surprisingly, your mind will probably contemplate your parents before skimming through other options.
Why is that so? Well, at the beginning of our lifespans, the first ever individuals we get to meet are our parents. Most of our childhoods echo with what we have observed our parents do, what they have said, how they have handled a situation, and the way they have exemplified most values to us.
Children form their values and behaviors based on what they see, hear and sense from others. They imitate, not only behaviors, but also words, speech tones, expressions, gestures, and even feelings. Everything is multidimensional when it comes to children. Through ongoing observation and imitation, their characters come to shape like pros.
Accordingly, parents have the responsibility to help build their children’s characters by modelling their own behaviors effectively.
- Keep calm and think positive
It’s bound to happen that your child infuses rebellious, sarcastic, defiant, or possibly aggressive behavior. Think positively and don’t take what your child says personally. Think about your child’s action and the type of consequence he/she deserves. Don’t incorporate violent or physical punishments as they’ll be brought up to think that it’s only normal. Your child will remember your reaction towards such stressful and challenging situations, and it is your chance to substitute his/her actions with your logically calm ones.
- Apply discipline consistently
You’ve handled your temper just right by deciding to stay calm. Your next step is to think about how you’re going to discipline your child. You will need to apply a consequence, which is by definition, “adding a negative consequence to prevent or decrease a certain behavior, which is problematic, or taking away something that the child holds dear”. For example, not allowing your child to watch TV, or use his/her computer, or do extra house chores. By time, your child will be able to differentiate appropriate behavior from inappropriate ones.
Balance this out with positive consequences by enforcing positive behavior. Clearly communicate to your child the kind of behaviors you want him/her to do less and more. If your child applies the behaviors as you’ve agreed together, it is important to reward him/her. Reward systems play a significant role in stimulating moral behaviors and character. But without consistency, your parenting would be meaningless. Make sure to reflect that you are serious about what you say and do. With that, you will reflect qualities of reliability, fairness and responsibility which will help build his/her character effectively.
- Use effective reasoning and logic
“Because I said so!” is the common phrase all children have heard their parents exclaim. It is not, however, advisable. Constantly enforcing authority on your child by dictating rules is negative karma. Your child needs to see you as a friend – someone they can talk and turn to for advice. How? Increase their understanding of certain behaviors, rituals, and ideologies by encouraging discussions. For example, if you want to teach your child to attend prayers regularly, have a sit down and talk about the importance of prayer, the benefit it leads on spiritual, physical and psychological levels. Encourage your child to hold discussions with others and come back to you about the results. This way, you are rearing your child to moderate critical thinking, exposing them to dialogue and open discussions, and building their knowledge and understanding.
- Be a role model for your kids
Kids are constantly watching you, and as mentioned above, they observe and imitate. Think about the qualities you’d want your kids to have. The way you speak and treat others, the way you talk about others, the way you dress and clean up, the way you think about yourself and how you express it, etc. The younger your child, the more attention they will have for you. According to several studies, it was found that children who act violently by hitting or shouting are doing so when aggression is staged at home. Make sure to model the behaviors and traits you wish to see in your child.
- Your time together is number 1
Keeping the best for last: make time for your kids. Dedicate a day in the week where you and your kids can spend time together – a family day. By appreciating family time and creating positive memories, your kids will not only have a sense of belonging, but will also appreciate important rituals, decrease misbehavior, and learn consistency. Kids who are not getting the appropriate care and time from their parents will most of the time act out to seek their attention. Though, don’t worry if you’re a working parent, it’s the little details that count. For example, wake up thirty minutes earlier in the morning to have a family breakfast together, take a walk together, have a movie night, or better yet, take turns at deciding what to do at a special weekend. As well, attend sport games, events and concerts with your kid to get to know him/her better outside of the home environment. This way you are showing that you care and are positively involved in his/her life.