I am always being asked for advice on children’s issues and behavior issues. Several people have asked me to write a book with all my parenting tips and advice because when they tried what I suggested it truly helped them. I decided to do a blog instead because it is easier and much faster. In this blog I am sharing my thoughts, opinions, and advice from my many years of experience, but I want to say emphatically that although these ideas have worked for me, each parent and child is an individual. My strongest advice to each of you is to read the articles and check out the books with an open mind, then make individual choices for yourself. I made my share of mistakes throughout the years, I’m hoping to save you and your child the heartache, but it is your turn to make your own mistakes. However, please do what is best for your child. They deserve the best you can give them because from the beginning…you are the most important person in their life and they are counting on you!
Public School – Private School – or Homeschooling
Many parents are considering homeschooling as an alternative to public schools because of all the controversy with violence, drugs, and sexual exploration in our schools showing up regularly on the news. If you choose public school, be pro-active. Get involved in the school and your child’s classroom. Participate in recess monitoring, field trips, assisting the teacher with special projects, PTA, booster clubs, and anything else that is available. It is good to know what is going on with your child and their school.
Private schools are of course a great choice, but they very expensive. You need to have a college fund saved for your child, so choosing a private school may not be practical. If you are one of the fortunate who can afford a private school education, please research the schools and choose one that has similar values to you…such as a Church School that teaches your particular religion and morals, or if your child shows talent in science choose a school that offers a great science curriculum…this should give you a good idea on what to look for in a private school. Again, be as active as possible in school activities, etc. Everyone’s family dynamics are unique! What is right for one family, may not be right for another family.
If you are considering homeschooling your child or children, you need to check out the book below, and consider taking the course so that your doubts are relieved. If you decide to home school, the course will help you step by step. There are homeschooling groups in most cities who regularly take field trips together, and compare notes, share curriculum, and generally support each other. Consider having the other parent, friend or relative teach one or more of the courses (for instance, Daddy excels in math, have him teach this class). After all, children in public school may have several teachers in any school year.
While traveling with your child they can learn to read a map and of course they learn some geography, history, art, social studies, etc. Take advantage of all opportunities. Play the “Alphabet Game” as a family while in the vehicle. Rules for the game: Start with “A”, anyone can find a word that starts with “A” but must be outside the vehicle. Then proceed through the alphabet. Getting everyone to participate makes the game more fun. Best of all, .the children are actually reading the road signs and billboards that are going by quickly, this speeds up their reading and improves their attention span. Since the game is not a contest between the children, there is less chance of squabbling and more family team building. Fun while learning!
Homeschooling may be a great educational choice for your children, but if you are just getting started, you may have more questions than you have answers. And perhaps a lot of enthusiasm, but not a lot of direction. That can change starting today! Homeschooling ABC’s
A lot of research has been done on parenting by Wikipedia and it is very informative on what parenting means and the different stages of our children from pregnancy thru adulthood. Check this out, and never again allow anyone to say you are “just a stay-at-home Mom (or Dad in some cases)”. As I’ve always said, parenting is a full time job if you do it right.. Food for thought!