Time is the Secret Ingredient
I believe time is the secret ingredient to positive relationships. It is crucial to spend time with our children, demonstrating our love for them by taking an interest in their school and out-of-school activities.
Education Services Australia sends me regular newsletters and I found this resource particularly useful. Learning isn’t bound by the school gates. Research indicates that ongoing parental involvement in children’s learning reaps benefits in many ways, including shaping positive attitudes to learning and supporting student achievement. Learning Potential Resources can help. This parent-friendly website is free to access and provides a range of literacy and numeracy activities designed to support the Australian Curriculum for primary school children.
Whether it be looking for patterns in nature, reading road signs, calculating distances and times for Dad, following a recipe, reading a magazine article to Mum; the list is endless, and it doesn’t stop at the end of Primary School.
All children need nurturing and they thrive on love and care and attention; but as parents and educators, it is also our task to develop independence. This does not mean we leave our kids to flounder on their own, far from it in fact. Let’s teach our children that it is ok to make mistakes; it is how we deal with them and respond that determines our learning.
Look for opportunities to spend time with your kids this week. Sit and listen to their cares, be ‘fully present’ with them and watch your relationship grow.
Mr Roger Sevenhuysen
Deputy Principal Primary