A Lesson in Allowing Kids to Make Mistakes- growing girls tip#4

Let them fall.

mistakesThe other day, my daughter’s caretaker approached me after dropping them off at school. She was visibly upset, to the point that she looked like she was about to cry. She asked me if she could be assigned to do  household chores instead of watching over the kids.

After probing, she explained that she missed packing my daughter’s books, and she felt guilty for leaving it behind. She was afraid that the incident would upset me.  Personally, I was quite surprised by her willingness to accept responsibility even when she wasn’t to blame.

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How to grow your kid’s love for reading- growing girls tip#2

The Mystery Box

Good readers make good leaders. The first time I heard this was at school orientation during my eldest daughter’s first year in grade school.

When my girls were younger we allowed them to play with an ipad because of interactive learning games. I thought this was ok, because it helped them learn, and honestly, it afforded me some peace and quiet. But as more articles on the internet surfaced discouraging iPad use for children because of lack of focus, overestimation, and worries over emotional development (I’ve read that kids don’t learn to self-regulate their feelings when an ipad is used to pacify them) I also limited their use for it.

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Summer goal setting for kids-growing girls tip#1

 I’m hoping that this can be the first of a series, because I’d love to share what we’ve done as parents to help our girls grow. I’m not a parenting expert, and everything that I’m posting here is purely based on our personal experiences on what has worked for us.

The Summer Map.

Unlike my girls who are already busy catching up with homework, some kids are still on vacation mode. This is a very late post, as I’m writing about something we did last summer. I do hope that some kids who haven’t started school (because of the K to 12 adjustment) can still benefit from this idea.IMG_4070

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