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Happiness and Parenting

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Soccer Sundays are Fun Days!

Teamed with AYSO, and supported with funds from Jewish Federation, our parents have created an amazing and fun opportunity for our kids to play a team sport and show off our wonderful school at the same time. Even if you didn’t sign your child up for soccer this season, come cheer our Hebrew Academy teams on as they play against other AYSO teams from Huntington Beach right here on our Hebrew Academy fields.

We are seeking a volunteer (or two or five) who can run practices here at The Hebrew Academy during Enrichment Academy, which starts October 22nd and runs on Wednesdays from 3:15 – 4:00 pm. This is an important aspect of helping our students continue to be competitive during the season. Currently, our kids are doing GREAT, and have achieved quite a bit of success, but as we all know, they will need to continue honing their skills to stay competitive.

Dr. Hilary brings Happiness to Hebrew Academy

If you haven’t had a chance to meet Dr. Hilary, our new school psychologist, you are missing out! Hilary is an alumna of The Hebrew Academy, and she comes to the school with a wealth of education and experience related to behavioral psychology. More than that, she brings a deep desire to make a positive difference in our adults’ and children’s self-esteem and inter-personal relationships.

Dr. Hilary is running parenting workshops on Wednesdays – either in the mornings (9:00 – 10:30) or evenings (7:00 – 8:30). Don’t miss your chance to get tangible ideas related to helping your child be happy and successful at home and school.

Speaking of parenting, I found this article and thought I would share it with my wonderful HA parents. As I work with the teachers and students, I see that we have a need to continually enhance a supportive and trusting relationship between and among the HA staff and our parents. My hope is that we can always remember that we all care very much about the happiness and success of our HA students; the more we work together toward helping our children achieve that goal, the more deeply and fully the students will move toward that goal.

The 5 Things Teachers Want Every Parent to Know

As we move into the New Year and our children begin to settle into their job called, “school,” I saw this article and thought it might be fun to share with parents. Educator and journalist Jessica Lahey thinks parents need to know these things in order to be strong partners with their children’s teachers. Lehey’s recent New York Times article outlines some basics that all parents should know about their kids. These are aspects that teachers want to tell you but sometimes don’t have the venue or the voice to do so.

1.  Your kids can do much more than you think. Your little one doesn't need you to tie their shoes, zip their jacket, or a million other things. They simply want you to do it. Start teaching your child how to tackle these tasks so next time they ask for help, you can sit back and watch them do it themselves.

2.  It's not healthy to give your child constant feedback. You may think praising every picture is building your child's confidence, but it could actually hurt them in the long run. Children need to be able to critique their own work because, according to Lahey, "as they grow up and face hardship, they need to be able to look to themselves for strength and approval." She suggests asking your children what they think of their work next time they come to you for approval.

3.  We promise not to believe everything your child says happens at home if you promise not to believe everything your child says happens in our classrooms. Little kids have a knack for telling little white lies. They want to please their parents and teachers, so they say what they think we want to hear. Make sure to take everything they say with a grain of salt, and look for some telltale signs that they are bending the truth. 

4.  Your children learn and act according to what you do. You are your child's first — and favorite — teacher. But you can't just tell them that it's rude to talk when someone is speaking or that learning is fun. You have to show them! Make sure you exhibit all the positive behaviors that you want your child to inherit.

5.  Teach your children that mistakes aren't signs of weakness but a vital part of growth and learning. Before your child could walk, they had to fall down a few times. So don't let them beat themselves up over an incorrect math problem or a misspelled word. Let them know that everyone makes mistakes and that, in the end, doing so will help them succeed. Also emphasize the importance of effort rather than getting it right the first time.

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