ERIC Number: ED436248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-19
Parent Involvement in the Early Years.
Honig, Alice Sterling
Asserting that parents are young children's most precious resource, this paper offers research-based advice for raising children with self-esteem and the ability to become independent, productive members of society. The paper's sections are: (1) "Parents Build Self Esteem"; (2) "Flexibility and Adaptability Help Parents Survive"; (3) "Parents Are Teachers"; (4) "Parents Prime the Pump of Learning"; (5) "Parent Creativity Turns Living Experiences into Learning Opportunities"; (6) "Positive Discipline Ideas: A Gift for Every Parent" (discussing reframing problems in terms of a developmental perspective, offering choices, thinking through household rules, not ignoring when children harm others, finding out how a child reasons when he or she misbehaves, offering appropriate incentives, figuring out what is worrying or angering the child, helping children consider the consequences of their actions, and challenging children to think up their own alternatives to fighting); (7) "Ideas To Help Families Function More Peaceably" (including encouraging excellence rather than perfection, not denigrating the child's other parent, using bibliotherapy, making up stories to reassure worried children, expressing personal pleasure with each child, talking about peer pressure, not using shame, encouraging competence, giving positive attributions, and working alongside a young child); and (8) "Professionals as Partners with Parents." Contains 36 references. (EV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Parent Involvement Preconference luncheon for the Children's Forum (St. Petersburg, FL, October 19, 1999).