Letter: How parents and children can help each other


Kids spend less than 15 percent of their time in school. And yet, school is a key to the future of every kid.

And, a parent is an even bigger key to the future.

When parents read stories aloud, check homework, and discuss what was learned at school, then kids want to learn more. The school can only teach a kid. When a kid has a parent who reads and talks to them, then the kid has more ways to learn.

Parents need to talk. But, the discussion must be two-way.

When you (as a kid) have a two-way discussion with your parent, then you learn to use language for yourself.

And, you may help your parent see, think and feel differently.

As you grow older, your feelings of self-worth help you advocate for your own interests, ask for help, and present your case to others.

So, you have the right to ask your parent lots of questions -- like:

- How much gas is in the tank?;

- How far do we have to go yet?;

- How big is the universe?;

- How small is the smallest particle?; and

- Can I walk to school?

Help your parent to:

- Understand you;

- Set expectations together;

- Plan current actions to realize future goals; and

- Stop acting like a kid.

Lou Schott and Chris Trevillian, Cuyahoga Falls

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