ERIC Number: ED473276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Practical Tips and Tools: Understanding School-Aged Children.
This booklet offers parents a simple process and practical tools for dealing with school-age children's sometimes challenging behavior. Noting that the task of school-age children is to find out how the world works, the booklet begins with examples of common behaviors associated with this developmental task and the parent's role, as well as notes on four levels of responsibility which children will tend to move back and forth through as they assume duties such as household chores. Next, the booklet examines characteristics of children's temperaments, such as intensity and adaptability, and what characteristics can be changed. The booklet then presents five sets of tools for parents to encourage positive behavior and increasing responsibility: look for good behavior, avoid problems, acknowledge feelings, set appropriate limits, and teach new skills. For each tool set, the booklet lists individual tools and how to use them, and provides examples of the tool in use. The booklet then elaborates on the toolset concept with additional parenting ideas and tool use for addressing temper tantrums, homework hassles, and teasing of siblings. The booklet concludes with a process for choosing a toolset to address most problems encountered with school-age children, and for putting the tools into practice, noting three characteristics of effective parenting: reasonable expectations, a variety of guidance tools and a process for using them, and commitment. (HTH)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Change Strategies, Child Rearing, Children, Developmental Stages, Discipline, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Materials, Parent Role, Personality
Parenting Press, Inc., P.O. Box 75267, Seattle, WA 98125 ($2.95). Tel: 800-992-6657 (Toll Free); Tel: 206-364-2900; Fax: 206-364-0702; e-mail: office@ParentingPress.com; Web site; http://www.parentingpress.com.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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