“Nurturing Your Family- Everyday Moments… FIVE WAYS TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY HAPPY AND STRONG….”

by | Jan 23, 2014

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Parenting…”One Tough Job”
 On-line Resource for Real Live Parents

Keeping your family happy & strong…  Quote from this website article…5 ways to keep your family happy & strong…

  • Nurture your child’s social and emotional growth. Make sure that your children know that they are loved and respected, that they can talk about their feelings, and that you can help them work through any challenges that they may face.
    • Listen to your child and encourage her to express how she feels. Help your child problem solve by allowing her to make suggestions and think through problems she may encounter.
    • Show your love. Small, simple gestures everyday are the best ways to show your child you love him. For ten easy ways to show your child you love them click here.
Read aLoud 15 minutes per day to your kids!  Quote from this website…

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Read Aloud 15 MINUTES is a non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. When every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, more children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school.
Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s readiness to read and learn.
By making 15 minutes of daily reading aloud the new parenting standard, we will change the face of education in this country.

I was reminded today of one of the most important ways to nurture kids…social and emotional growth. Make it a practice to read to them each day aloud for 15 minutes…  You can do this at home and in a literacy group with other parents and kids at a local school venue.  At Neighbors for Kids, “KIds Zone,” we host a Family Literacy Night each month to encourage parents and children to work as a team to build literacy skills…reading, writing, & oral language.  The research shows the amazing benefits of making this commitment as a family.  The parent involvement component also helps to nurture a happier and stronger family life referenced in the “One Tough Job” resource website.  Also check out the “Read Aloud 15 Minutes” website to learn more about the value of disciplined daily reading for kids.   Download the calendar referenced above to facilitate a daily reading program with your children.  It is easy…just 15 minutes a day!  

When parents exhibit positive attitudes toward reading and actually “read aloud” they will help kids build language and literacy skills.  Kids also learn early about the world, social skills, and coping strategies. All of this goes along way in keeping your family happy and strong.  It goes even further by providing your children with the very best tools to be successful and to help make the experience in school fun each day.

Steve Sparks

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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