How you can help your child at home

Supporting your child’s Personal and Social Development

Helping Build Confidence:

  • Listen carefully to what your child is telling you.
  • Show your child that you respect their views and their efforts. (Take interest in and comment on their paintings, drawings, models etc.)
  • Show your child that they are special to you.

Supporting Behaviour:

  • Be consistent in how you expect your child to behave.
  • Try not to be overly hard or overly indulgent with your child.
  • Remember to give praise and attention to your child’s good behaviour .

Aiding Independence:

  • Encourage your child to be personally independent (e.g. dressing, washing, toileting).
  • Give your child choice in his/her daily routines (e.g. choosing which cereal for breakfast, clothes to wear, which walk to take).
  • Give your child choices in how he/she uses his/her time at home.

Developing Social Skills:

  • Allow your child to meet and socialize with other children during the week.
  • Invite other children to play with your child at home.
  • Visit other people’s homes.

Encouraging Tolerance and Interest in others:

  • Help your child learn about the similarities and differences of others (e.g. from people within your neighbourhood, books, pictures and television).
  • Talk to your children about celebrations important to your family and festivals celebrated by others.

Encouraging care for the environment:

  • Help your child care for growing things (e.g. through having his/her own patch of garden/window box, providing food for the birds, helping him/her care for a pet).
  • Help your child become responsible for keeping the environment tidy (e.g. picking up litter in the park, at the seaside).

Above all, show your child that you really enjoy being with them. Unconditional love is the greatest gift you can give your child, and it costs nothing!