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WeCare "Take Aways"

Dr. Michele Borba’s WeCare presentation was one of the best ever. She took the results of a survey of member-school students and designed a talk that addressed their concerns about stress, time-management, problem-solving, etc. She used recent research about the characteristics of college freshman to ensure that her message was riveting and relevant, and her points were well-honed to an audience that assumes their children will not only go on to fine colleges, but will do well.

 I have gotten feedback from WWS parents who attended the talk, and would appreciate getting more. So far, these points are some of the “take aways” that parents have given me:

  • Establish “Family Rules to Live By”
  • Praise EFFORT not intelligence
  • Delay gratification
  • Teach coping skills (i.e. 1. Remain calm; 2. Take 3 deep breaths; 3. Count to ten)
  • Use calendars, timers, and alarms to teach time management
  • Have children complete the hardest tasks first (i.e. homework, chores, etc.)
  • Nurture the nature; in choosing extra-curricular activities, make sure you take the time to learn what your child enjoys doing and encourage it
  • Limit time on computers, video-games, etc.
  • Take time to communicate effectively (i.e. 1. Speak at eye-level with your child 2. Listen (really listen) 3. Respond with empathy and understanding
  • Love your children unconditionally

I’ll follow up with more “take aways” as I get more feedback from you. Thanks for doing what it takes to be great parents in the 21st Century!

Posted by pvolker on Sunday October, 28, 2012 at 04:24PM

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