Basic Traits of A+ Parents
do veteran teachers say are the characteristics of good parents that pay off in
school success for their children?
much education as you can before you settle down to have kids. The No. 1
indicator of school success for a young person is having a well-educated parent.
married when you have the child and stay married. Nothing helps a child focus
on learning as much as parents who are sticking together and getting along.
well-balanced, homemade meals as often as you can, and make sure your child
eats good food at least three times a day, especially at breakfast. Minimize
junk food, candy, sweets, soda pop and fried foods. Have healthy snacks like
fresh fruits and sliced vegetables on hand at all times.
routine schedule with a regular wake-up time, regular mealtimes, a regular
homework time, a few chores to do every day, and a regular bedtime.
sure your child gets at least eight hours of sleep.
a quiet place for homework and insist that it be done with no other distractions
- no headphones, no TV, no Instant Messaging, no phone calls.
your child choose how to spend one "media hour" per day. That means a total of
one hour using the TV, audio equipment, computer games, or any other
entertainment-type media, after chores and homework.
after-school activities to one or two at a time.
your child to the library once every week or two.
to your child nightly through Grade 6.
to your child about sex and other "hot potatoes." Don't leave the key tasks of
parenting up to strangers at school.
your child at each parting: "I love you!"
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