Ways Parents Can Help Their Children in a Crisis
Children can feel the same intense feelings that you feel about the crisis. This is a natural reaction. Some children may show their feelings in a direct and immediate fashion, others will wait until a later time. A severe change in a young person's behavior (speech, emotion, appearance, alertness, activity) may be a sign that professional help is needed.
Helpful Resource About BULLYING
Information taken from the books "Just Kidding" and "My Secret Bully" by Trudy Ludwig
Strategies to talk with your child
What can a target (someone who is being bullied) do?
Teasing Dos and Don’ts
Be careful of others’ feelings.
Use humor gently and carefully.
Ask whether teasing about a certain topic hurts someone’s feelings.
Accept teasing from others if you tease.
Tell others if teasing about a certain topic hurts your feelings.
Know the difference between friendly, gentle teasing and hurtful ridicule or harassment.
Try to read others’ ”body language” to see if their feelings are hurt- even when they don’t tell you.
Tease someone you don’t know well.
Tease about a person’s body.
Tease about a person’s family members.
Tease about a topic when someone asks you not to.
Tease someone who seems agitated or who you know is having a bad day.
Be thin –skinned about teasing that is meant in a friendly way.
Swallow your feelings about teasing. Tell someone in a direct and clear way what is bothering you.
**Note about teasing**
For many families and friends, teasing and kidding around is a way of showing affection and creating a feeling of playful camaraderie with one another. Both the teaser and the person being teased can easily swap roles, there is no imbalance of power, and the basic dignity of everyone involved is maintained. Equally important, if the teaser sees that the person being teased is obviously upset or objects to the teasing, the harmless teaser stops immediately.
How Parents Can Help Their Children Do Well In School
"Daily and on-time attendance equals to academic success.”
How Parents Can Help
· Sing and recite nursery rhymes to your child.
· Get a library card for your child and take him/her frequently.
· Read a story to your child every day and talk about what is happening in the story.
· Read environmental text with your child (the cereal box, street signs, store signs, things at the grocery store, junk mail, etc.)
· Have your child tell you a story or describe something (make it a game like “I spy…”).
· Take your child to the library or Barnes and Noble for story hour.
· Play games relating to sorting and attributes of objects (size, color, shape, use).
· Play word games and listening games.
· Encourage your child to draw and write.
· Give your child books as gifts for birthday and holidays, as rewards.
· Let your child have his/her own bookshelf.
· Watch educational TV programs with your child and talk about them together.
· Help your child listen for the sounds the letters make in words and sentences.
Enjoy the learning time with your kiddos,
Mrs. Florence Alabanza-de la Cruz