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Parenting Instincts, Can You Trust Yours?

 

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As a parent, there is seemingly no end to the tips and advice you get from guides, parenting gurus or other parents. With words of wisdom so readily available, many parents look to other sources for help over their own parental instincts. Is raising your child best left to the experts or are your parenting instincts trustworthy?

 

Trust Your Feelings

It’s true that no one knows your kids better than you do, as their parent. When it comes to what they like or what makes them more comfortable, you have a clearer understanding of your children than anyone. Of course, this awareness doesn’t happen right away. You didn’t understand all of your baby’s needs from the moment they were born. But, you have been with them all of their lives, learning what they like, dislike and need. If following the advice of others doesn’t feel right for you or your kids, chances are that it isn’t.

 

Don’t Take Things Too Far

While going with your gut could be the best thing to do in some situations, it can be easy to rely too heavily on your feelings. Even if you know your kids better than anyone else, everybody makes mistakes. If you listen to your instincts alone every time, it won’t be long before you make a decision that is not the best for you or your kids.

It’s important to take some time to consider each situation and what your instincts are telling you that you should do. Sometimes it can be difficult to see what is best for our kids, because our gut wants us to do what makes them happy.

 

Finding a Medium

In order to avoid investing too much in either the advice of others or our own (sometimes misguided) instincts, it’s important to become accustomed to relying a bit on both. If the advice you hear lines up with what your gut was telling you, it may mean that you were right in the first place.

Other parents don’t know every detail of your own family’s unique situation, but their tips can still bring a fresh perspective. It never hurts to learn a bit about parenting styles or strategies different than your own. But, it’s also up to you to decide which of these will work for your family and which you have a bad feeling about.

While your parenting instincts are by no means fool-proof, it’s important that you take them into consideration when you make decisions that affect you or your family. When it comes down to whether or not a particular parenting strategy will work, there are many important factors that only you could know about.

But, no one is perfect and no parent comes up with the best solution to every one of life’s conundrums. While you can’t always trust your parenting instinct, you should always listen to it and consider what your feelings tell you about a situation. After all, if you can’t trust your own parenting instinct at all, how can you trust the instincts of another parent?

 

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Help Your Teen Apply What They Learn Through Everyday Activities

Your teen is at an age where they probably feel ready to take on the world. This is a great age for introducing them to activities that will expand their world and help them to apply what they are already learning in school. The possibilities are endless. Here are some supplementary activities that you as a parent can do to encourage your child to continue to grow in their education.

 

Grocery Shopping

This is one basic chore that can teach your teen skills that go far beyond basic ones. There are many facets involved in the simple act of grocery shopping. From meal planning for different sized groups, to organizing weekly family meals, to finding the items in the grocery store and purchasing them within a budget… this is one activity that has many benefits. Grocery shopping will help your teen see the importance of math, reading and organizational skills, all within a few hours.

 

Budgeting with Parents

Budgeting is something best learned while you are relatively young. The preferable time to teach them about money management is when your teen is still living at home. Allow your child to look at your family finances. Most children are trustworthy with the info, and can learn valuable lessons about budgeting while watching you manage your household. Involve your teen so that they can see why you make the decisions you do, and how to problem solve when necessary.

 

Home Business

Encourage your teen to start their own home business. Many adults are becoming entrepreneurs, and are working for themselves rather than for someone else. Whether your child continues with a home business, or becomes an employee, managing a home business as a young person will make the financial principles floating around in their heads become a more concrete matter. When you have to balance books, suddenly math becomes a reality and your teen will realize exactly why they are putting in long hours to learn these concepts.

 

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Volunteering

Volunteering is a great experience for any child of any age. In the teen years, volunteering can serve many purposes, including exploring areas of possible future job interests. Whether your child wants to become a cook or a veterinarian, there is an opportunity for them to volunteer somewhere that sparks passion inside them.

Encourage your child to volunteer in at least a few different places throughout their teen years, as this will give them a taste of what the working world is like, and will help them choose a place of employment when they are older. This is due to the fact that their volunteering will have exposed them to many different workplace atmospheres. Your teen may even land their first job because someone they volunteered for didn’t want to let them go when they were ready to look for employment.

Teens have the world at their fingertips. Encourage your teen to look beyond his or her immediate situation and into the future. By incorporating these everyday activities into your child’s life, they will expand their education and become a leader in tomorrow’s world.

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Help Your Child With Online Education

We all need extra help sometimes. If your child is having difficulty in their classroom learning, there are many online resources to assist them in their educational journey. Here are a few places to look when you want to find help for your student of any age.

Educational Websites

When your child is learning the basics of their education, there are many websites that are helpful in grasping and embracing new concepts. Free websites such as Starfall are fun and easy for your child to navigate. Your child can explore this particular website and play a variety of games that will teach them concepts such as letter recognition, spelling, and phonics. On Cool Math you can help your child access whatever they are currently learning in math and needing help with, for a straightforward explanation of each principle.

Links:
Starfall – http://starfall.com/
Cool Math – http://coolmath.com/

 

Online Games That Teach

There are plenty of games that aren’t necessarily intended for the purpose of education, but can be used as such by any parent with a little creativity. Minecraft is one website that is extremely popular with elementary and middle-school age children. On it, the user builds structures out of blocks made of a variety of supposed materials. Use this website and others like it to help your child learn math concepts such as addition, multiplication, and learning how to find the area or volume of spaces.

 

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YouTube

Believe it or not, this popular video website is a great addition to any educational program for any age of child. No matter what your child is struggling with or needing extra help with in school, you will be sure to find YouTube videos that explain the concepts well. Because anyone can upload videos onto YouTube, use caution when on this site, and be sure to preview any videos before your child watches them.

 

Tutoring by Skype

Another great advantage of our era of readily available technology is being able to connect with a live person when online. If your child needs tutoring but you are short on time or are unable to drive to a tutor at another location, set up tutoring by Skype. Hire someone for this specific purpose, or enlist the help of a family member or friend whose strength lies in the area that your child needs help in. You can even do a trade for a service you can offer the tutor in order to keep the cost down.

 

Homeschooling

If you have chosen homeschooling as the method in which your child will be educated, there are several ways for you to use online education as your main method of delivery. There are many homeschool programs that use the internet for teaching. Your child can do anything from a simple online class, to courses, to certain areas of study, to completing their entire education online. Choose whatever combination works best for you, your child, and your particular family situation.

Now that we live in the age of technology, we should make use of it when possible. When it comes to your child’s education, the sky is the limit. Online education help is readily available, and the best is yet to come.