Parent’s Blog

family in greenBy Deanna Jimenez
 
My son, Zander wrote the blog featured on the Kids Blog Page.  We encourage him and his younger brother, Elijah, to read and to write and they seem to enjoy it. As a parent, I have learned there are many painless ways to engage our children in loving to read and learn. Here are a few tips that have worked for me:
1. Set the example. Whether a newspaper, a magazine or a novel show kids that everyone reads and everyone continues to learn, no matter how old.
2. Set time aside. Show your child that reading is a part of the daily routine and set time aside in your schedule to read. Often before bedtime is a great way to get the reading in and help the kids wind down.
3. Begin Together. Support your little one to enjoy reading by joining them. A great way to slip in some family time!
4. Make it positive. Try to avoid associating reading with punishment. If a “time out” is regularly going away and reading this can easily become a negative association with reading and may hinder the desire for kids to read for enjoyment.
5. Follow their passion. Get the kids engaged in reading on topics that spark their attention while gradually introducing other books for them to try.
 ingrid and godchild

By Mia Barber

It’s important to always remember that as a parent you are a learner and teacher. I am always amazed at my daughter’s ability to process information and apply herself. After making it to the finals in her school’s spelling bee – I was amazed at how my daughter constructed words based upon her studying. Words I couldn’t even pronounce or had heard before, even as an adult. While she placed second, my daughter was still happy with her performance. “It was a nail biter,” I said to her.   I then let her know that I admired her for studying and applying herself.   She responded, “Admire me? Parents can’t admire kids.” I said, “Yes they can. You are a human being and have special unique things about you. So, yes, I do admire your work ethic and appreciate you sharing your talents.” She cocked her head to the side, raised her eyebrows and said “Wow.” As a parent of a young Black teen, I hope my exchange with her only strengthens her understanding of self and ability to recognize how important she is to me, her family, and the world.

 

I believe that by working early with our children with language rich materials and by affirming their uniqueness, brilliance and power, we help them become positive young adults who will surely become assets to our community.