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Q Thursday, April 11, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine OVIATT Concluded from p. 8 priorities, consistency in discipline, rewards and con- sequences, open communication, helping with work missed during sickness, being active in sGhool matters and controlling your child's school attendance. Attitude. It begins with attitude. If you have a posi- tive attitude toward school in general, your child will also have a positive attitude. If you have concerns about the school or the teacher, be very careful how you voice these concerns in front of your child. Your child will pick up on your attitude, adopt it as his or her own and take it to school. Negative and apathetic attitudes are at the root of-a large portion of discipline problems at school. Support. Your child cannot go it alone. When he or she has a particular assignment that may require spe- cial help or supplies, you are the one s/he turns to for help. Be there with all the support and help possible. There may come a time when your child will need extra help on schoolwork. If you cannot provide this help, speak to your child's teacher about it. There may be some remedial materials, or the teacher may be able to help you and your child work through the problem. You may consider outside help, such as a tutor. Arranging the schedule in the home to accommodate quality "home- work" time/place is one aspect of support. Your child will need to feel secure in the fact that you will be there helping. Priorities. In order for education to come out on top, it must be given top priority. This must be a true com- mitment in light of the many interesting and beneficial activities that are available for the youngsters. These include sports, scouts, music/dance lessons and other activities. Too many activities will bring down the edu- cational level of your child. This should be closely moni- tored during the school year. Consistency. Whatever your methods of discipline, consequences and household management, consistency is the key. When you promise a consequence, follow through. Be firm. Try not to be influenced by your child's perstmsive tactics. Children consistently test authority. Be prepared to follow through each time. Results, while not always immediate, will be forthcoming. Children are just that - children. Although tlney are learning to accept some responsibility, they are not yet adults and should not be treated as such. This is their time in life to learn things like consistency and priorities and it is your "homework" to instill these qualifies in your child. Chil- dren need to know that their poor choices create conse- quences. Rewards and Consequences. Worthwhile rewards may help reinforce responsible actions. However, re- wards do not have to be in the form of costly material gifts. Rewards may be in the form of time spent together, a special word of praise, or a chance to skip a chore. Just let your child know how proud you are of him/her. Consequences should fit the misbehavior as much as possible and should be done immediately, When pos- sible. Try not to become emotional when you discipline your child and be sure to let the incident go. "Forgive and forget." If you remain hostile toward your child after disciplining him/her, you are distancing yourself from your child. Make sure you are still "available" to yohr child. Communication with your child. Talk with your child. Listen to your child. Make casual comments about what he/she is saying to Show that you are listening. Do not "put words" in his/her mouth about what went on in class. If your child has an unpleasant story to tell you, do not make it worse for him/her by becoming visibly upset. This will only upset the child even more. Let your child tell the story in his or her own way, in his or her own time. If you resort to an "interrogation," you will likely get the story from a biased point of view. If the problem persists, call or write the teacher. Communication with your child's teacher. Keep the lines of communication open. Check your child's agenda daily. This is the teacher's best method of communicat- ing with you. Always go to the teacher with any pro b - lems before going to the principal. You and the teacher are on the same sfde - the side of your child. The teacher wants your child to succeed. Make a friend of the teacher. Missed Work. If your child is absent due to an ill- ness, he or she may need extra attention from you in order to get caught up on assignments missed. 'flint child most likely has a gixen number of days to get the work done ant( turned in. It the illness is prolonged, SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. 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"Homework" for the parents is to instill the importance of school assign- ments in your children. Be involved. Show your child that you want to be involved in his or her school. Whenever you get notifi- cation of a school meeting, or a school need, show that you are interested. Participate in various activities at school. If there is a school event, show up with your child. Child's Attendance. You, as the parent have the power to control your child's attendance, including be- ing on time. Poor attendance and tardiness directly af- fect a child's school success in numerous ways, emo- tionally as well as scholastically. Understand that sign- ing out is the same as being absent. Your child will miss vital instruction. Instruction continues up until dis- missal. When you sign your child out unnecessaril you are telling your child that school doesn't matter. Restrict sign outs to sickness of the child, or a true family emer- gency. "Homework" for you as the parent is to keep your child in school. Yes, parents have "homework." Your homework con- tinues as long as you are responsible for your child. Without your part, your child's school experience will not be all that it can be. Together, let's prepare the "Gift" of education for vour child! clip and save Norwalk Schools Phone Directory Central OfficeAdministration ttigh School (Grades 10-12) High School Activities Eastview 8/t School Middle 6/7 School l.akcwood Elemenlary (Grades 3-5) Oviatt Elementary (Grades PreK-2) Transportation Office (Bus Barn) Food Service/Nutrition Office Building & Grounds Office Newspapers provide Iowans with the infermaUon they want, 0000nt00ma00w00t00maR 98l-0676 981-4201 O81-4204 981-9655 981 -0435 981-1850 981 - I ()05 981-0016 981-9876 981-0917 LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays (blemorial Day-Labor Day)