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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1991
Maintains that adults can improve the quality of their lives by working to help meet children's needs. This can be done by advocating and legislating for children, and by donating time, energy, and financial resources to children. (BB)
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Adults, Child Advocacy, Childhood Needs
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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, 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, 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, 1989
Offers parents and teachers suggestions on ways to help preadolescents develop positive self-esteem. A case study illustrates students' need for self-esteem. (BB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Students, Feedback, Higher Education