Parents cannot control all conflicts, embarrassing or frustrating moments that happen
in a child’s life, but what parents can control is the preparation, planning,
and persevering that can take place to ensure that each child is equipped and
empowered with the right mindset to overcome these challenges.
*Parents need to be aware of a child’s body language as signs that may indicate
there is a problem.
*Some of the red flags are: a change in attitude, grades, clothing,
friendships, becoming extremely quiet, not feeling like socializing, changes in sleep
habits, and significant weight gain or loss.
*Often time’s children cannot express or talk about the conflicts that they are
experiencing. That is why as parents you know your child best, and will no
doubt be able to recognize when behaviors have changed.
*Although boys and girls socialize differently, researchers are also telling
parents to monitor TV time, and computer time, especially if the child is substituting
this time for human interaction or does not want to do anything else.
*Parents need to be reminded that each child is uniquely different with individual
needs and goals. By recognizing and honoring these individual differences,
the child can grow at his own pace and become the person that is within him.
Regardless, every child needs:
1. Support– through continual encouragement and communication
2. Focus– a goal to point him in the right direction
3. Trust – an unshakeable faith with a team of like-minded individuals
* Taken from the (e) book, “Champion Parenting: Giving Your Child a Competitive Edge”