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Seeing that kids love to play, turning a good behavior into a game makes it more likely they will follow directions. Have a child who sighs about having to get on their shoes? Try, “I bet you can not get your tennis shoes on in 45 seconds!” Have a child reluctant to brush their teeth? “I wonder who can brush their teeth longer, you or me!” If you are at the grocery store, play “I Spy” to keep them occupied while you shop, or let them fill a produce bag with apples or choose a vegetable for dinner.

Cut right to the chase is another tactic that works very well. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Here is the quiz, just as promised:

1. Attitude
My kid…
a. dislikes getting ready and going to school
b. suddenly likes school less than he used to
c. has always enjoyed going to school

2. Temperament
I would describe my kid as…
a. extremely talkative
b. introverted
c. easily distracted

3. Assignments
My child tends to…
a. ask for help
b. claim she has no homework (then I later find out she does)
c. complete assignments quickly and easily

4. Abilities
When it comes to getting his schoolwork done, he…
a. procrastinates until I take something away (like an iPad)
b. completes assignments independently
c. sometimes has trouble with subjects taught in class

5. Behavior
Lately I have noticed that my child…
a. seems less focused
b. is not interested in educational toys or games
c. finds school more enjoyable than previously

Answer Key:
1. b 2. c 3. b 4. a 5. a

If you matched four or more answers it is worth exploring the possibility of a tutor.
If you matched three answers your child could use extra help from a teacher, a tutor or you.
If you matched two or fewer answers your kid probably does not need a tutor.

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Private tutoring is turning into a big trend or as your child’s English teacher might say, “Enormous.” It is over a $5 billion per year operation and is becoming more popular at even younger ages. Many of the larger tutoring companies now offer even Pre-K programs. Some parents want to give their children an early edge.

A typical 4-year-old starting at this early of an age would get an hour’s worth of tutoring five days a week to develop reading skills and basic memory training. The earlier a kid starts learning, the better chance they have of getting into the best schools.

Certainly, that is not at all typical for most families. There is little evidence that a pumped up Pre-K learning is a pipeline to a primo college. However, it has been found that kids who entered kindergarten with solid elementary reading and math skills are most likely to excel in school later on.

At this age, tutoring is about building skills and confidence rather than addressing any deficiencies. It might involve teaching basic skills such as problem solving, numbers, new words and science. Children with even a small foundation of knowledge experience a significant academic advantage relative to their classmates. The tutoring sessions also provide a set time to sit and focus. This is a valuable practice in an age when technology pulls kids’ attention in every direction.

If your kid is on par with his peers, your child’s preschool teacher can help assess this, there is no need to hire a tutor. But if they are struggling a bit, should you consider the extra help? To find out, our next post will include a quiz for you to find out.

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Hello everyone. I have done this a few times in the past. The last time was a while ago though. Share something you have done recently with us. I am going to try to make this a monthly thing from now on. Keep it clean and enjoy.

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Your child may be fearful that you will not love them as much or be as proud of them if they mess up. Resist telling them the game or school play does not matter, which will invalidate their passions. Instead, you want to emphasize the message that you do not expect perfection, and while it does feel lousy to make a mistake, it is part of life and it will not affect how you feel about them. If they say that they do not want to be in that activity anymore because of a goof up, remind them of how much fun they had doing it and that they should hold on to those memories, rather than to dwell on one bad moment. Check out another post about learning from making mistakes. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Not being able to see the smart board is bad enough, but over 80% of the sensory information kids receive also comes through sight. Three things that you need to know are:

You should not rely solely on the school nurse. The in-school screenings only identify about 5% of vision problems. Kids are often able to squint through a distance only screening.

Kids need checkups for vision and eye health. Eye exams catch rare but serious conditions like glaucoma and even signs of brain tumors. You should get vision screenings done at all well child visits from the time they are born until 3 years-old and annually between the ages of 3 and 5 and at least every 2 years after that.

Do not sweat Rx changes. A new prescription does not necessarily mean that your child’s vision is worsening. Kids’ eyes continue to grow and so vision continues to change, until about the age of 20. Think of new lenses like the need for a new pair of shoes.

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Does your child stress before a big test or game? These calming strategies can help put things into perspective.

Talk about it. Children are less likely to be anxious if they have the chance to discuss their fears with you. You might record your chat, play it back and then talk about it some more. Hearing their fears out loud can make them seem less scary.

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