Kindergarten is a precious and important time! This might be the first time your child has been away from you for the whole day on a consistent basis.
As a parent, empathy is perhaps the most critical skill you can develop in your child. It not only transforms us as adults, being in good connection with, and communication of, our own emotions, it also helps our children develop a good vocabulary associated with their emotions.
We hear a lot of talk about empathy these days. “Kids need their feelings affirmed,” is a far cry from “Kids need to be seen and not heard,” the familiar mantra from days past.
Children who know their basic letters are ready for the next step in their reading. However, all too often parents aren’t sure what to do next with their children’s ability to start reading.
I used to say, “There are as many different ways to parent as there are parents.” Over the years, I have amended that to, “There are as many different ways to parent as there are parent/child relationships.”
One of my favorite things about preschool students is watching them develop their reading and writing skills. I often think that we underestimate what they can do.