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Solutions to Common Learning Obstacles

You are going to be faced with situations when your children are anxious, frustrated, insecure at school, or come home feeling hurt, confused, left out, or even scared. How prepared you are for these situations is the difference between easy solutions and nurturing love or your own increased stress and frustration. These parenting tools and the 72 Character/Behavior, Achievement/Motivation, and Learning activities are specifically designed to give you knowledge of what to do when you are faced with children exhibiting these frustrations. For example, if you have a child who gets frustrated easily or exhibits extreme tantrums, simply go to the behavior activity titled "Has Strong Emotional Reactions" and help him to learn to identify and control their emotions. Isn't that easier than getting in a yelling match? And the more you and your children practice this skill the less likely they are to have extreme outburst. You can eliminate much of your own stress and frustration if you know what to teach your children and when. This principle applies to motivating kids and helping them improve their abilities and desire to learn, too.

The following behaviors/situations and links, where available, show you an example of how you can use the tools and activities on the site to help you with your children. For example, in the first situation with a child who consistently misbehaves , click on the link "Actions and Consequences" to view one of the activities available with The Add Power to Parenting program to learn how to teach this child new skills and/or alternative forms of positive behavior. CLICK THE LINKS TO VIEW SAMPLES.

  • Children Who Consistently Misbehave:  Children misbehave because they often do not adequately understand how their actions affect others--how breaking rules affect you, the child and others in the family, for example. Help your kids understand what hurts and helps others by practicing the steps in the activity "Actions and Consequences." Have regular family meetings to hold kids accountable for things they are working on, and use other activities if necessary to help them change their behavior and contribute to the family in positive, meaningful ways.

  • Children Who are Capable but Unmotivated:  Children are often unmotivated for different reasons--they lack confidence, unsure of their own abilities, they lack organizational skills, or they need helping starting something and working on it until it is complete, for example. Click on "Assertive Learning" to view activities you can use to help your child develop powerful learning and self-motivation skills: Organizing Work, Questioning (asking good questions for clarity and better understanding), Staying on Task, and Completing Work. After implementing the steps in the activities, have regular family meetings to follow up on progress so you child learns to be accountable. Hint: If you regularly (weekly) have short meetings with your children to discuss progress and areas that need work, this is an extremely powerful tool in helping your children to be accountable--and change behavior where needed. They will begin to perform because they know there is a meeting coming up next "Monday." This same powerful tool works for all students in the classroom too!

  • Children Who are Consistently Late With Assignments/Produce Incomplete Work: Teach your child how to prevent procrastination by breaking up "overwhelming" or intimidating assignments into smaller, doable chunks. Click on "Preventing Procrastination" to teach your child how to organize time, plan, monitor themselves, and stay on task. Importantly, help them identify the emotions they feel when they complete work vs. when they do not. Identify and emphasize the feelings of success!

  • Kids Who "Hate" School/Don't Like Their Teacher: Some children say they "hate school," or "they don't like their teacher" because they don't feel included or connected with people or they struggle in the classroom and don't clearly understand what they can do to be successful in class. One way you can help your children is to help them develop stronger social and other participation skills: Social/Character Skills so they are more included and better include others, Learning Skills so they feel prepared in the classroom and with the teacher, and Achievement Skills so they feel confident in their abilities and know how to create success. Click on "Contextual Rules 2" to help them understand how their involvement, or the lack of, affects others. Or use "Setting and Achieving Goals" to help your child gain confidence and feel a sense of progress.

  • Parents Who Want To, but Don't Know How They Can Help Teachers: Use the methods and activities in Achievement Synchrony in your home to prepare and involve your kids in a meaningful, realistic way that translates into getting chores done, obedience to family rules, and cooperation at home. Using the Achievement Synchrony tools at home also prepares your child for exceptional social and academic participation in class. To further help your child, refer Achievement Synchrony to your child's teacher and ask him/her to participate.

Click the video link to see how parents like you used Achievement Synchrony to improve achievement, confidence, responsibility and motivation for their children and how it helped the entire class: “Closing The Distance Documentary" 10 Video Minute Clip" or read parents' comments.

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