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Encourage a love of learning

September 19, 2011

A Great Idea…

“We want our children to understand the value of learning. We can read together. We can visit interesting people and places. We can talk about things we learn.” (H. Wallace Goddard and James P. Marshall in their publication, The Parenting Journey)

In Other Words …

A love of learning is one of the greatest gifts any parent can give a child. We can make learning an adventure. Maybe once a week we can make an outing with our children to an interesting place such as a museum, historic site, a business, or any place that is new and interesting.

How This Applies to You …

Take an interest in your children’s discoveries. Ask them about the things they are learning. And be an enthusiastic learner yourself! Make a regular practice of sharing the things you learn with each other.

To Find Out More …

For more great ideas (or to share your ideas), visit our Navigating Life’s Journey blog.

For an excellent (and free!) program on parenting, see The Parenting Journey at www.arfamilies.org and, if you have children less than 6 years of age, check out See the World Through My Eyes.

For more in-depth reading, we recommend Between Parent and Child by Haim Ginott or Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman.

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