Spend time with your child.
There is no substitute for this. He benefits more from
time with you than from material possessions you can buy with the money you earn
when you are not together.
Limit television, videos and movies that your child sees.
This is a passive activity that also has a negative
impact on learning to read. It takes no imagination; your child's sense of
imagination is enhanced by reading - not by these sources.
Give your child responsibilities at home.
Jobs help children to feel part of a community,
whether that community is a family or a classroom group. Don't worry about
perfection; that is less important than the act of doing the work and making the
Don't give your child everything he wants.
He certainly will not get everything he wants at
school! Teachers have too much to do than to have to settle disputes with
children who will cut only with the pink scissors or who have to sit in the
Respect the differences you see among other people.
Our society is rich with people whose language, dress,
and food show tremendous variety. Talk about the acceptance of other people and
show an interest in their culture.