In an interview with “Good Day Hudson Valley,” Mahopac resident and author of the award-winning book, “Why Bad Grades Happen to Good Kids,” Linda Bress Silbert, Ph.D., shares her unique philosophy and some controversial thinking associated with how we educate our children. Everything Dr. Silbert does as a teacher, author and founder of STRONG Learning Centers bridges from a belief that self-esteem is the linchpin to successful learning.
Here are 14 hints from Dr. Silbert’s book, to help parents deal with children in a way that builds trust, responsibility and success in and out of school. Tune in to Comcast Channel 8 on Monday, September 1st at 9pm or Friday, September 5th at 7pm to watch the interview.
- Keep school in perspective
- Be patient
- Promote self-esteem and good character in your child because they are essential to growth and development. Do this by accepting, supporting and encouraging your child — through your words and actions — and by having him feel he is part of a family, a school and a community
- Give your children the kind of respect you expect from them
- Be a good role model. Parents’ behavior affects their child’s development, in school and out
- Be a trustworthy parent because trustworthy parents promote trustworthy children
- Let your child know his parents are on his team
- Give your child appropriate responsibility because it is a prerequisite to growth and development and school success
- Help your children become responsible by establishing rules that are fair, make sense and are easy for children to follow
- When your child breaks a rule, find out why
- Help your child develop decision-making skills, because learning how to make decisions in various situations gives children control over their lives, and encourages them to be responsible for their behavior — all of which is integral to the lifestyle of the successfully functioning student and adult
- Be sure all your child’s basic needs are met
- Deal with your child in a consistent, predictable fashion because it helps your child feel safe and builds trust
- Help your child establish strategies to attain short and long-term goals to help steer her life today and in the future.