Fredericksburg Parent

August 2012

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Collaborate with the teacher. Share insights about your child's strengths with the teacher to help her understand what motivates and interests your child. "Parents should approach school with the idea that the teacher has their child's best interest at heart," says Dr. Holly Schiffrin, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington, who specializes in child development and parenting practices. "The parent should convey that they are on the same team as the teacher (even if they have different ideas about how to assist their child)." Journal. Sometimes it's hard to get a child to discuss his day. "Keeping a daily journal of their day (with mom's help) is a fun way to get your kids to talk about school," says Wendy Hughes, kindergarten teacher at Hugh Mercer Elementary. "Ask your child to tell you some funny or interesting things that may have happened that day." Managing adversity. Every child is bound to have a rough day. Encourage her to resolve her own problems and take responsibility for her actions. "Ask your child for her input and perspective, genuinely listen, acknowledge and empathize, and then shift the focus towards reaching solutions as a family and in unison with your teachers and school," says parent coach Tom Limbert, author of Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time. "Focus on giving your child the tools, morals and lessons she will need when not in your presence, which will now be more and more often." Mark the Occasion. "Plan something special after school on the first day to celebrate," Schiffrin says, whose daughter Jordan starts kindergarten this year. Who knows, you may find that initial celebration turns into an annual first- day-of-school tradition for your family. Author, wife and mom of two, Christa Melnyk Hines, can't help but feel a sad little twist in her heart as she prepares to see her baby march into kindergarten this month. ALL ABOARD! Take the fast train to tness and join the Y for personal service in your health quest! Y-Train Express is the "NEW" orientation to our Wellness Center for all adults and children ages 12 and up. A trip on the Express includes: • 1 hour introduction to Wellness machines • Weigh-in • Inch measurement • Introduction to the blood pressure machine • Healthy tips form • Nutritional coaching promotion • Personal training promotion • Y-Train Expedition promotion • Trainer follow-up with clients within 2 weeks. Up for a challenge? . . . Try out the Y-Train Expedition! Come in and talk to a Personal Trainer to learn more about this exciting program. Fredericksburg, VA 22405 MASSAD FAMILY YMCA 212 Butler Road www.fredericksburgparent.NET 15

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