Tips To Help Your Child Thrive
Protect Playtime, Downtime and Family Time
Avoid overscheduling. Children of all ages need restorative time to reflect and dream, and families need time to connect and build lasting bonds. Research shows PDF is critical for children’s well-being. Click here for more on this tip.
Emphasize Learning, Not Grades
The pressure to achieve only high grades can lead to cheating, physical and emotional challenges, and other risky behaviors.
Choose Your Words Carefully
If the first question you ask your child after school is "How'd you do on the test?" you are sending a message about your priorities. Instead, ask "How was your day?"
Let Your Children Do Their Own Work
Resist the urge to complete or correct homework. When you step in, it can actually undermine learning and confidence.
An extra hour of sleep is more valuable than an extra hour of studying. Sleep deprivation can be associated with depression and anxiety and can interfere with learning and engagement in school.
Create Technology-Free Spaces
When media devices are moved out of the bedroom, children sleep better and are more eﬀicient with homework. Unplug during mealtimes and other family activities.
Resist society’s narrow definition of success and embrace your child's unique interests and strengths. Don't allow concerns about college admissions to dictate your child's choices in and out of school.
Source: Challenge Success
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Thank you to the SMCHS Mothers Club for hosting this meaningful event! The Mothers Club is a great way for SM moms to develop relationships with other mothers, make new friends and enrich the lives of their children. If you are not a current club member, but wish to participate in future club social and educational opportunities, it’s not too late! Visit the Mothers Club website for information on joining this great club!