What you need to do in the following scenarios… Try our tips!
My child does not listen to me.
- Speak only when you have the child’s attention.
- Stay calm. Don’t start shouting.
- See their point of view also.
- DO NOT REPEAT YOURSELF.
My child does not eat.
- Give the same thing in exciting packages.
- Needs to look, not just taste good.
- Allow your child to help in the kitchen.
- Make menu along with the children.
- Don’t put too much on the plate.
My child does not speak in school.
- It could be due to anxiety, moodiness, parent separation/ tantrum, crying, etc.
- Collaborate with school
- Reward him/ her for using a ‘grown-up’ voice.
- Be patient; don’t push the child to speak.
- Early intervention.
Seek professional help!
My child does not behave properly.
- Don’t look at discipline as punishment.
- Find opportunities to praise.
- Set boundaries.
- Don’t threaten.
- Be a parent, not a buddy.
Use of mobile
- Do not introduce smartphone to children (not before 1 ½ yrs)
- While introducing, keep it for a limited time and sit with the child. Child need not explore on his/ her own.
- Have a rule and schedule even for TV.
- Role model- don’t keep using it yourself.
- Define screen-free time: In-car, Family time, Mealtime, An hour before bed.
- Turn off devices at night
My child does not communicate in English
- Play in English: At home, try playing dress-up games, hide-and-seek and other popular games, in English. In other words, get them to learn English in the same way they are learning their first language
- Read bedtime storybooks in English:
1. Read aloud simple books with a lot of pictures.
2. Online or audiobooks can be used.
- Use Craft: Kids love any opportunity to get messy; they love sticking, glueing, cutting, painting and baking things. So, encourage it … in English. The activity doesn’t have to be about English, but should instead use English to complete the task or activity:
1. ‘Could you pass me the glue, please?’;
2. ‘Thank you’
3. ‘Why don’t you paint a picture?’
4. ‘Can you help me tidy up?’
These sorts of phrases are the most helpful language you can introduce to your child. If you don’t speak a lot of English yourself, you could simply follow audio or written recipe instructions as you bake cupcakes together. In the process, you are using everyday English that teachers use in the classroom. You are therefore preparing them for the sort of thing they will hear at school.
- Sing songs together: Use Youtube for picking songs for children and sing along with your child.
Helping children learning to comprehend a language
- Have them read aloud: This helps them to go slower and process what they are reading. Also, they are not just seeing words but hearing them too.
- Reread to build fluency: Rereading simple books help them decode words quickly and helps in fluency.
- Talk about what they are reading: This verbal processing helps the child think through the theme and remember them.
- Make connections: The child can connect to a story if it talks about a place he/she has been to. You can talk about memories. Go from something known to the unknown.
- Ask questions: Asking questions encourages children to look for clues in the text. Ask things like, “what do you think will happen?” or “How is the character feeling?”
- Help them visualize: Make “mind movies.” Help the child build pictures in mind while reading. You may ask the child to even draw what the child is reading.
- Figure out what is important: Ask your child about the main characters and what has happened in the story so far.
- Check on their understanding: Ask them to learn to question themselves on what they are reading, makes sense.