After a relaxing summer David is about to be thrown back into school and all the demands that come with it.
I realized last year that even though David is just in elementary school the pressure to do well gets to him. Reading is particularly frustrating for him, and he needs a lot of encouragement to keep him from giving up.
Here are few ways I encourage David to work through the frustration and do his best:
1. Let him know he’s not competing with his classmates. As long as he’s continuing to improve it doesn’t matter if one of his classmates is better at a subject than him.
2. Point out other areas that he is strong in. David is phenomenal at math. It’s important to focus on improving weaker areas, but it’s also important to be proud of your achievements in other areas.
3. Give him a break. By that I mean not constantly making him work on reading. He knows he has to do his homework and read one book a day. After that he gets playtime.
David is a social butterfly. Fortunately he doesn’t deal with a lot of social anxiety. His teachers tell us he gets along well with everyone and is well-liked. There are a few things I’ve told him that I think help him get along with others.
1. Be kind to everyone without condition.
2. Stand up for others when they’re being picked on.
3. Don’t join the crowd when you know it’s wrong. It’s better to do what’s right than be popular.
4. If your friends do wrong you, it’s OK to forgive and give them another chance.
Most importantly David knows that we love him and accept him the way his is and that being true to who you are is always the best choice.
I remind David of these things often, because I don’t think he can ever hear them enough. Especially that he is loved.
The folks at Hallmark know it’s important to encourage our kids and give them confidence, and they have a few products to help us do just that including:
- Hallmark’s Kids Collection greeting cards. They feature kid-appropriate topics from managing difficult academic or social situations, to achieving a personal goal in the classroom or on the field.
- Hallmark “any day” greeting cards for kids, featuring music sensation Justin Bieber.
- Lunchbox Notes, which offer 50 ways for you to add a little love to lunchtime.
- Bug’Em, a pint-sized plush that can hold cards and other tokens of encouragement and give an unexpected lift to any youngster’s day.
Hallmark greeting cards for kids and Lunchbox Love Notes are both great ways to let your kids know you’re thinking of them throughout the day. Surprise them by leaving them in their backpack or lunchbox. Throw in the Bug’Em filled with a special treat to show them a little extra love.
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