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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1990
Suggests that parents help children by reading to them daily, helping them follow directions, modeling tasks, "maximizing events," and modeling behaviors. Parents need to ensure that older children know how to study, have a proper study environment, are organized, are the objects of interest, and have proper behavior modeled for them. (DG)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent Role
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1988
Addresses the pressures of early academic learning among young children and presents parents with three guidelines for pursuing early learning experiences: readiness, observation, and options. (BB)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Experience, Educational Opportunities, Guidelines
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1989
Maintains that preschool and kindergarten curricula should encourage experiential learning, and not just formal academic education. (BB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Educational Change, Experiential Learning, Kindergarten
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1988
Suggests steps that parents (in particular), teachers, and other adults can take to help relieve children's stress and to help children cope with stress at home and in school. (BB)
Descriptors: Achievement Need, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Guidelines
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1992
Discusses how parents can discipline their children successfully. Distinguishes between punishment, permissiveness, and discipline. Provides parents with guidelines on positive steps in disciplining their children with practices that are appropriate to the child's age and developmental level, especially infants, toddlers, and preschool children.…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Child Rearing, Discipline, Family Environment
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1991
Suggests that, if parents are to raise respectful children, they must respect children as they are, have realistic expectations for family life in the 1990s, and be honest with their children and themselves. (BC)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Commercial Television, Family Life, Modeling (Psychology)
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1990
Discusses major changes in society and family life that disrupt the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. These changes include separation by distance, divorce, death, or grandparents' choice. Maintains grandchildren can benefit from close contact with grandparents in terms of shared experiences. (BB)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Death, Divorce, Family Characteristics
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1990
Discusses five myths associated with parents' giving praise or positive feedback to their children. Myths are children thrive on praise; praise increases a child's self-confidence; lavish praise is not addictive; praise motivates children; and parents should practice withholding praise to toughen up children. (BB)
Descriptors: Achievement Need, Motivation Techniques, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Materials
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1990
Many families are in crisis and the effect on children is staggering. The three main stresses of children and families today are divorce and remarriage, violence, and lack of communication in families. Efforts must be made to avoid losing the greatest natural resource: families. (DG)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Child Abuse, Divorce, Family (Sociological Unit)
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1988
Explains the benefits of pet ownership for young children. (SKC)
Descriptors: Child Responsibility, Children, Pets, Self Esteem