Parents as Mentors : A New Perspective on Parenting That Can Change Your Child's Life.

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Burt, Sandra.
Perlis, Linda.
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Designed for parents, this book provides strategies for parents to use to mentor their children's development. It begins with a discussion on the importance of discovering the talents of a child, what is meant by mentoring, and using everyday activities for mentoring opportunities. Chapters 1 and 2 discuss the raising and nurturing of children, finding teachable moments, and the need to appreciate individuality, respect choices, encourage interests, and provide responsible guidance and supervision. Chapters 3 and 4 describe how parents can be on the lookout for identifying strengths in a child and characteristics of different types of children. Essential ingredients for enriching and fortifying children are also explained. Following chapters emphasize the need to provide alone time for children and discuss the need to avoid overscheduling children and regulate technology. Chapter 8 considers the partnership needed between the family and the school and approaches for building this partnership, and Chapter 9 discusses cooperative learning in schools, individual learning, special gifts, risk-taking and creativity in schools, and evaluating schools. The benefits of teamwork for children and strategies families can use to develop children's talents are covered in Chapters 9 and 10. The final chapter lists additional resources for parents. Most chapters close with tips for parents to try. 102 references.

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