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FTD and Ollie read every night before bed.
The Lifelong Learning Parents Pledge:
To help my kids develop a love of learning
that will last a lifetime, I promise to:
Independent Play-I’ll give them the time and space to experiment and learn things on their own. And if they get frustrated, I’ll greet them with guidance, not answers.
Hit the Books-I’ll read to my kids every day—even once they’re old enough to do it by themselves.
Nurture Their Natural Curiosity-While a preschooler’s nonstop questions can be wearying, I’ll always try to respond with enthusiasm.
Give them a Game Plan-If they’re struggling with a task, I’ll break it down into simple steps.
Embrace Setbacks-It’s my job to recast disappointments as a chance to improve, and I’ll inspire my kids to keep trying.
Compliment them the Right Way-I’ll be specific when doling out praise and focus on their effort rather than the results. Excessive ooh-ing and aah-ing can dampen their motivation.
Support Special Interests-I’ll help my kids find a passion or a hobby by exposing them to lots of things and by visiting museums, libraries, and historic places.
Create Little Challenges-Asking how many red cars they can spot or how to spell a simple word will boost their sense of competence. Plus it’s fun.
Practice the things I Preach-They’ll care more about academics if they see me reading for pleasure, calculating our budget, and researching a new subject on my own time.
Tolerate Messes-Learning isn’t always neat and orderly. A little chaos is a vital part of the process.
Be my Kids’ Top Learning Advocate-Whether they have problems with a homework project or simply need a pep talk, I’ll strive to be as supportive as I can be.