Connecting With Your Child, Memorial Day, Free Audiobooks, and More
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Spring is settling in and Memorial Day is just around the corner with summer on its heels. This month while enjoying the long Memorial Day weekend, you can bring the meaning behind the holiday into your homeschool with the ideas below in under Homeschool Links. It’s time for free weekly audiobooks again, and our featured article highlights 12 great ways to stay connected to your kids.
I’d like to welcome two new sponsors this issue, Compass Charter Schools, a charter school offering both online and home study options for California residents, and Guard Up! Family Swordsmanship, an adventure company offering some pretty cool STEM-based summer camps that combine mystery, monsters, and fun education (check out this article on NPR about the camps).
Enjoy the newsletter!
Mary Ann Kelley
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12 Strategies for Staying Connected to Your Child
by Amanda Witman (a Living Education Contributor)
As we move through the years of parenting and homeschooling, maintaining our connection with our children is essential. Nurturing this connection is the most important thing we can do as parents. We sometimes hear parents lamenting that they feel they’ve lost the connection with their child and are not sure how to get it back. Sometimes, especially when transitioning from school to homeschooling, we want to deepen the connection but aren’t sure where to start.
How can we as parents invite and strengthen a healthy connection with our children at all stages of development? Here are a dozen suggestions to foster a strong connection with your child:
- Listen to your child with the attention and focus you would give another adult. Be fully present â make eye contact; stop multitasking; concentrate on what they are trying to say. Show with your body language that their words and thoughts are your priority in that moment. If they have a hard time getting words out, let them take the time they need, without giving up on the conversation. Attention is a big part of connection.
- Let your child take the lead It may mean things will be slower, messier, or less efficient. Give your child the gift of your patience and the opportunity to spread their wings and feel your trust in them. As their confidence grows, so will their effectiveness. Believe in them and they will believe in themselves.