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PARENTS ARE TEACHERS

No, most of you don’t have teacher training or teaching certificates. But you are a vitally important teacher of your children. You are the first teacher.

You are the teacher with the strongest influence because of the special parent-child bond. You spend more time with your child than any single teacher.

Much of what you teach is virtually automatic. Your children pick up your ways of doing and thinking merely by observing what you do and how. You are the role-model-in chief and your kids will model many of your behaviors (including some you would rather they missed). Your children pick up many of your values by watching how you behave toward others–the core of all our values.

But wise parents make an effort to specifically teach their children additional things. Some parents want to teach their children certain skills, usually the ones they like and are best at like tennis or cooking. Some parents want to enrich their children’s lives by imparting to them their own love of music or dance or collage.

Are there “teaching skills” that parents should have? Yes, but they derive from common sense not a degree in education.

• Watch your child for signs of interest in a particular topic or skill, i.e. teach to interest.
• Keep the “lessons” short.
• Show and tell what you are doing at the same time.
• Reinforce by repetition.
• Always ask the child if there are any questions.
• Praise efforts but don’t overdo it. “Good job” is better than a gushing like, “That’s the best finger painting in the world!”
• If possible give the child opportunities to teach the skill to others (a younger sibling or friend).

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