Have a question about an app your child wants to download? Wondering how to find ways to connect with your child when life gets super busy? Is your your child testing your limits and you need a new perspective? Want to get your child on the right track for strong work habits? Browse through the resources below for ideas and strategies that will help support your child this summer.
Explore the commonsense media website with your kiddos:
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews -use the search function to look up apps on your child’s phone, and together, find out what these apps are really about and how to monitor your child’s use. Kids use these apps to talk to each other, and we are seeing bullying issues arise from this. Know what they are doing on the apps, and what the safety concerns are.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/parent-concerns -is a place for parents to find information about apps, screen time, building character, being safe online, etc.
Find one tool from this resource to try out with your child:
http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools – looking for conversation starters? Want some ideas on how to get siblings to get along better? How to talk about divorce to your child? Ideas on how to keep your child safe? Wanting your child to be a better friend? All of these topics are available with helpful resources.
Career Exploration is SO important at this age…kids start eliminating career possibilities if they don’t see them as an option early on. Exposure, exposure, exposure!
http://www.vaview.vt.edu/parents – such a cool website for parents and kids to explore. There are activities, games, and information for younger kiddos and the older ones. Have fun with this resource! There is a section for parents, K-5, and 6-8. Help your kids make the connection between school and jobs.
For Parents of Rising Middle Schoolers:
http://www.parenttoolkit.com/social-and-emotional-development/news/back-to-school/guiding-our-children-through-school-transitions-middle-school -guiding your rising 6th grader through the middle school transition.
Learning Success and Support:
http://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success – this resource is FULL of activities and information on how to help your child with learning and work habits that will set them up for success.