Help Your Child Recognize Strengths and Feel Capable
Helping children recognize their strengths and the things that are special about them is a great way to boost their self-confidence and willingness to try in school.
Try these simple ideas with your child:
- Keep an accomplishments box. Cover a shoebox with colored paper. Cut a hole in the top. Label the box with your child's name. Throughout the year, write down your child's accomplishments on slips of paper and put them in the box. Don't wait for the big things. Keep track of the smaller things, too. Around your child's birthday, look through the box together. Have your student make a list of new skills and abilities gained since last year.
- Send a letter. Choose two days a month when you will write your child a letter. You can write about anything. But try to focus on the positive things about your child. Seal the letter. Address it and send it to your child.
- Play What's in a Name? Go online or to the library with your child. Do some research on the meaning of your child's name. Then create a project together that shows off what you've learned. Frame it and keep it in your child's room.
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