ABC's of How to Help Your Child

's of How to Help Your Child


Accept your child unconditionally.

Believe in your child. Trust in is or her ability.

Communicate with your child. Share ideas.

Discuss things with you child.

Enjoy your child. When parents enjoy their children, children enjoy their parents.

Find things of interest to do together.

Give your child responsibility that can be handled. This can lead to a feeling of accomplishment.

Help your child with words of encouragement.

Impress upon your child the vision of what is all around. Talk about the things you see, hear, taste, feel, and smell.

Join your child in fun activities. 

Keep from over-identifying with your child. Don't try to live your life again through your child.

Listen to your child. He or she needs someone to share thoughts and ideas.

Model behavior you want to see in your child.

Name things for your child. Labels are important.

Observe the way your child goes about tasks. Provide help when needed.

Pace your child. Help your child to do one thing at a time and do it well.

Question your child using question words such as "who", "what", "where", and "when". Ask about stories or everyday things that happen.

Read to your child every day.

Spend time with your child.

Take your child to the library on a regular basis.

Understand that learning isn't always easy. Sometimes we all fail. We can learn from our mistakes.

Value your child's school and teachers. Your attitude will often be mirrored in your child.

Write with your child. Encourage the youngster to write, even scribbles are important.

X is often known as quantity. What else would you like to add to this list?

You are your child's most important teacher.

Zip it all up with love. Love gives zest to life.


"The ABC's of How to Help Your Child", by Carole L. Riggs, Ed.D.