Helping Your Child with their Communication Skills*


 

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Communication skills are crucial to your child’s development because they allow them to build and maintain their relationships, both in a personal and professional sense, and become more confident expressing their feelings and opinions. “Good communication skills” are often listed as a desirable requirement for many employers, so helping your child while they’re young will certainly benefit them as they grow up and embark on a career. There’s no time like the present to start helping your child develop their communication skills, so here are some tips from an English language consultancy.

 

Talk to Your Child

 

Children learn much of their behaviour by observing influential people around them, most notably their parents. With that said, the best way to help your child with their communication skills is to show them the ropes. Talk to them and ask them questions so that they can learn new vocabulary. Set a good example and demonstrate good manners when socialising with others. Help them understand how body language and facial expressions are used to show how you’re feeling.

 

Teach Conversation Starters

 

Opening up dialogue with people is often the most challenging aspect of a conversation. With this in mind, you may want to teach your child some conversation starters so that they feel more comfortable meeting new people. Explain to them that asking questions is a good idea, as long as these questions aren’t too personal. For instance, they could say something like “How was your weekend/evening? Did you get up to much?”. Compliments also work well, so they could say something like “I really like your shoes, where did you get them from?” or “You look very smart today”.

 

Host Play Dates

 

Your child may feel more comfortable being themselves and playing with other children within the safety of their own home. Sometimes at school, on the playground, it can feel a bit overwhelming because there are a lot of people and lots going on. Host play dates so that your child has an opportunity to build strong relationships with their peers on a one-to-one level. You may also want to encourage your child to join some extra-curricular activities so they have an opportunity to communicate with people in a more relaxed setting than a classroom environment.

 

 

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4 Signs Your Child Needs a Tutor*


 

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It would be wrong to expect our children to be fantastic at every single one of their school subjects; they will likely be better at some than they are at others. Some children love to engage their imaginations and are excellent at writing, but don’t feel particularly confident with numbers. Others thrive at sports and other physical activities but struggle to concentrate in traditional classroom environments. However, if that struggle seems to be quite extreme, or is the case across the board, it might a good idea for you to consider hiring a private tutor. This is nothing to be ashamed of, it’s just a fantastic way to give your child a little extra support so that they feel more confident and positive about those areas that were previously getting them down. I have teamed up with a prep school in Hampton to explore some of the signs that your child might benefit from a tutor.

 

1.       Your Child’s Grades Are Slipping

 

If your child seems to be having a hard time maintaining their grades in one or more subject, or they are falling behind their classmates, they might need some extra support in certain areas. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for teachers to focus on one child who is struggling, because they have to work at a pace which suits the majority of their students, so a private tutor would be a good option.

 

2.       Your Child Lacks Confidence

 

When children seem to have low self-esteem where school in concerned, it may be because they are struggling and feel that they are doing as well as their peers. A private tutor will be able to help them with their confidence by focussing on the areas that need a little more time. Once your child is able to grasp a certain topic, they will start to have more faith in their abilities in general.

 

3.       Homework is a Nightly Battle

 

Homework is important because it helps the teachers understand how much your child has understood during their lessons. It’s not unusual for children to become frustrated or emotional when completing their homework every once in a while, but if this becomes a nightly problem then they may benefit from some extra support.

 

4.       Your Child Isn’t Interested in School

 

If your child seems to really dislike school or is demonstrating a complete lack of interest in their learning, it’s likely because they are struggling. Of course, there could be something else at play, such as friendship problems, so be sure to get to the root of the problem before you jump to conclusions.

 

 

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How Do My Child’s Lifestyle Choices Affect their Education?*




 

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Ensuring our children succeed in school is a main priority for most parents, and this can be affected by a number of factors. For instance, if your child is staying up every night until 2am playing on their PlayStation, they won’t be able to concentrate the next day at school, even if they have a positive attitude towards learning. So, you may be wondering what lifestyle factors you should encourage to help your child perform well in school… Here are some tips from an independent school in Middlesex.

 

Diet

 

The types of food your child eats not only impacts their physical health, but it will also affect their performance in school. If they snack on chocolate bars and sweets, they will experience a sugar high that will lead to a subsequent crash in energy, making them sluggish and unable to concentrate. With that said, ensure they are eating a healthy, nutritious breakfast of porridge, fruit, or yoghurt, rather than sugary cereal. Dehydration can also make them feel lethargic, so they should try and carry a bottle of water around with them at school so that they are drinking plenty of fluids.

 

Sleep

 

As briefly mentioned above, lack of sleep will have a negative impact on your child’s education. Depending on their age there are different recommendations on how many hours of sleep they should be receiving per night, but a good rule of thumb is a minimum of 8-9 hours. If they have exams coming up and feel an urge to stay up late cramming in revision, remind them that a good night’s sleep will be more beneficial.

 

Exercise

 

Even as adults, many of us underestimate the importance of regular exercise and how it affects us mentally. You should encourage your child to go for regular walks or join a sports club so that they lead an active lifestyle, as this will help reduce anxiety and depression and just put them in a better mood to learn. Exercise also improves memory, motor skills, and helps us sleep better, so its something you should focus on as a family. 

 

 

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What to Do if Your Child Doesn’t Enjoy School*

 

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As parents, we hope that our children will enjoy their time at school and grow up to be happy, flourishing individuals. However, that’s not always the case for every child and some of them need a little extra encouragement. I have teamed up with a boys’ school in London to share some advice on what you can do if you’re worried that your child isn’t enjoying school.

 

Get to the Root of the Problem

 

Lots of kids say they find school boring and would prefer to stay at home, but when things become extreme it can be cause for concern. You won’t be able to help your child if you don’t know the reason why they are not enjoying their time at school, so make that your main priority. Talk to the one-to-one and find out why they dislike school but try not to ask them leading questions such as “Is it because you don’t like your teacher?”. It shouldn’t feel like an interrogation because then they won’t want to open up to you. Make sure they know that you are not there to judge them, you just want to help.

 

Speak to the School Staff

 

Your child’s teachers will be able to provide you with a little bit more information about what goes on day-to-day, so that you are in a better position to figure out what might be wrong. For instance, your child’s teacher might be able to tell you about some friendship problems that seem to be happening, or that your child is struggling to see the board in lessons. It’s always a good idea to work collaboratively with the teachers so that you can help support your child in the best possible way. After all, the teachers want the best for your child as well.

 

Teach Them How to Combat Stress

 

It would be a good idea to help your child with various coping strategies for things like stress and anxiety so that they feel more prepared to tackle future challenges. For instance, you could encourage them to start journaling before bed so that they can work through their feelings in a safe environment. 

 

 

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The Holidays Where it is Possible to Experience Paradise

 


When we think of paradise, we are generally imagining blue skies, turquoise waters, and the softest sand. This does not have to be a dream, though, because there are holiday resorts that are actually like this. To prove it, we will examine some of them here to give you an idea as to which resorts are worth adding to your travel list this year or next.

Then, do not spoil paradise by not giving enough thought to your travel insurance. This can easily be sorted out online by visiting a website such as onesureinsurance.co.uk.

Maldives

The Maldives can be defined as a group of small islands located in the middle of the Indian Ocean. These islands lie approximately 600 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. They are well worth seeking out because you can have the opportunity to snorkel alongside sea turtles while exploring an intriguing coral reef.

Access to paradise for the majority of holidaymakers will just be a seaplane or speedboat trip from the main airport at the Maldives and out to their chosen island.

The moment you arrive at the hotel, there can be a bowl of fresh tropical fruit to greet you, along with a minibar stocked up to also welcome you. It will be hard to leave this, but there is a greater paradise on offer when you venture onto the beaches. The water is a beautiful turquoise to admire or enter and the sand is the equivalent of experiencing a foot spa on the move.

Bahamas

A visit to the Bahamas will have you experiencing just the clearest of waters anywhere in the world. There is just a natural beauty about this place. The sand is tinged with pink and the waters a beautiful blue. The beauty is not just superficial, though, there is plenty to explore underneath the water.

Underwater in the Bahamas there is, for instance, Ben’s Cave. This is a part of the Lucayan Caves. There are also coral beds to explore, including Gold Rock and Silver Point Reef. Named after precious metals, they cannot in all honesty be anything other than magnificent to look at. For an island just surrounded by reefs, Grand Bahama is a must-visit. Also, there are plenty of sites for diving, such as the Caves, Treasure Reef, and the Wall. The reward for your exploration efforts is the opportunity to find shipwrecks.

So, the paradise that the Bahamas has to offer can extend to below the surface. It all depends on whether we are looking for relaxation or adventure. We can have either or both at any of the locations in the Bahamas.

The British Virgin Islands

These islands are a part of a volcanic archipelago and are located in the Caribbean. That word “Caribbean” in itself conjures up an image of paradise. We can imagine beautiful sun kissed beaches, tropical trees under which to shelter, and music played on a steel drum. There is more to the Caribbean than just this, though, because there are lots of opportunities to enjoy its waters and beach. That goes for whichever of its principal islands you stay at. There is a choice of Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Virgin Gorda. This is where the larger resorts of the Virgin Islands will be found.

If you are into sailing, then this location can offer plenty of that, as a known yachting location. You can book a luxury boating holiday, if you wish, and make it a feature of your holiday. In addition, the British Virgin Islands is known for its diving sites.

Alternatively, if you are looking to relax and soak up the sun on dry land, then you can spend your time swinging from a hammock. That is certainly something we would associate with paradise. Particularly as you will be surrounded by some beautiful sandy beaches. The glittering seas are pleasing to see as well as perfect to snorkel in.

In summary, we have described here three wonderful locations where paradise can be sure to be experienced. On offer is the scenery we will have imagined, the beaches we desire to walk on without shoes, and the ocean we will just want to explore further. The scene is therefore set for a holiday to remember for a long time, that we can define as like experiencing paradise to everyone we talk to about it.

To get your travel insurance right, be careful to have your destinations correct and have them all covered. Know what is meant by pre-existing medical conditions and declare as required. Extra cover will be required where there is an element of danger attached to your holiday. Be sure to include belongings cover and then report any theft immediately.

So, with your destination chosen and your travel insurance sorted and understood, you can now sit back and think of paradise before you are even there. 

 

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