MAY, 2019 WORD OF THE MONTH: PERSEVERENCE
REFUSING TO GIVE UP WHEN LIFE GETS HARD.
MAT CHAT TOPIC OF THE MONTH:
SELF-CONTROL IS EXACTLY WHAT IS SOUNDS LIKE! IT MEANS WE STAY IN CONTROL OF OUR ACTIONS AND OUR WORDS, EVEN WHEN IT SEEMS HARD TO DO. SELF-CONTROL SHOWS MATURITY AND IS ALSO A WAY OF SHOWING RESPECT FOR THOSE AROUND US. IT ALSO HELPS US MAKE GOOD CHOICES.
DEAR PARENTS AND/OR GUARDIANS:
This month we are discussing self-control. This is an important skill to encourage, especially as children take on more personal responsibilities and encounter more situations without constant, direct adult supervision. Self-control is essential for children ( and adults!) to succeed emotionally, financially, in their relationships, and in work.
HOW CAN YOU HELP??
** Set reasonable rules for your child to follow.
Make it clear to your child why these rules are in place, beyond "Because I said so." For example, " You may not eat cookies after 8 o'clock because the sugar will keep you awake, and you need to have energy for school in the morning." This teaches self-control because it shows your child that there are negative consequences for poor decision making. Practicing self-control by following fair rules helps build that skill, so that when there are no set rules or no supervision, they still realize the importance of good decision making.
** Model patient behavior.
Patience is a key component of self-control.
HAVE A GREAT MONTH!!