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pt-20130924-2Having a child go off to Nursery school is always marked by joy that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things; and marred by sadness that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things! The best way to ease the transition to school is by doing some “homework” of your own to make yourself and your little scholar ready for the first day of “BIG school”.

In this section, we will look at four (4) important areas where you can help yourself and your child be best prepared for nursery school and a lifetime of success. These areas are:

On average, college graduates earn  more over their lifetime than adults without high school diplomas. That means that the effort, time and focus your child puts into her schoolwork today will likely have long-term effects on her quality of life. In addition to being encouraging and supportive, help your child focus by emphasizing that hard work literally pays off.
A child's self-confidence can be a lot like a roller coaster. One moment, she's flying high after getting a good mark on a science project, and the next moment, her confidence is down in the dumps because some friends left her out. As a parent, it's your job to boost your child's self-esteem so that she's able to withstand the things that can hurt her confidence. You can help build true and lasting self-esteem by focusing on small ways to tell your child that she matters.
The key to building a postive relationship and sorting out any communication difficulties with your teenager is to keep the channels of communication open. We tend to consider the importance of big talks about significant topics with teens, but the ability to connect when it really matters is often based on the ability to connect when it doesn't. The way you relate to them in day-to-day life will make it easier - or harder - to sort out the key issues. We can get locked into unhelpful ways of communicating - bickering, nagging, criticising - that once we're in are…
As teens mature, they assert their independence, exploring activities that interest them, forging relationships with peers and making decisions about their future. While you want to give your teen some independence, you also need to establish boundaries. Even if they protest, teens will appreciate boundaries, which leave them feeling secure, as the University of Florida IFAS Extension explains. By understanding the consequences of a lack of boundaries, you will quickly realize the importance of setting clear limits within your household.
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