Franklin and Nixon School parents participated in the third of four Student Academic Intervention and Learning (S.A.I.L.) Parent Academies at Nixon School on Tuesday Night.
These two elementary schools in Roxbury Township qualify for Title I funding based on the number of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. These Title I programs are coordinated by Kelly Freund, Franklin and Nixon computer teacher.
More than 40 parents came to this workshop with their children for free dinner and babysitting. Parents attended a seminar after dinner with Amy McCready on Positive Parenting while their kids had fun with computers and crafts.
McCready is a nationally recognized parenting expert and founder of Positive Parenting Solutions. She is a best-selling author of “Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World” and “If I Have to Tell You One More Time: The Revolutionary Program that Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling”.
McCready is a TODAY Show contributor and has been featured on CBS This Morning, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, Rachael Ray, Steve Harvey, and others.
As a “recovering yeller” and a certified Positive Discipline Instructor, McCready is a champion of positive parenting techniques for happier families and well-behaved kids. She shared her knowledge and some strategies with the parents on Tuesday night that included Mind, Body, and Spirit time with your child along with the When-Then approach to parenting.
McCready delved into why children really misbehave and many times, it has to do with an attention and power struggle and an inadequate amount of one or both of these. To help with this, McCready highly recommends the Mind, Body, and Spirit time where parents set aside a designated amount of one-on-one time with each of their children. She told parents that they need to be fully present with no interruptions from outside sources like cell phones or other children and do things that the child wants to do. Creating a routine of this Mommy & Me or Daddy & Me time reinforces your dedication and helps fill the attention and power “bucket” for your child which in turn helps stops the child from acting out either at home or at school.
She also encouraged parents to use “do” instead of “don’t” commands. They are easier to understand and follow and provides a positive encouragement instead of a negative one.
Parents throughout the evening took notes and asked thoughtful questions on what they could be doing differently to help change or improve their child’s behavior based on McCready’s advice and suggestions. Many parents even stayed longer to ask one-on-one personal questions with the presenter.
Freund shared that she hopes the biggest takeaway parents have after this workshop is that they “remember the quick and easy positive ways to discipline their child.”
Kids today have social media as well as every day challenges growing up and positive reinforcements give children the opportunity to make their own decisions, deal with the natural consequences, and learn what positive behaviors can turn into.
Each parent left with one of McCready’s books and each family left with a Melissa & Doug Responsibility Chart to help start the positive behaviors at home.
The last Parent Academy for Franklin and Nixon School families this year is on How to Prevent the Summer Slide. This academy will take place on May 16th at Franklin School. Free babysitting and ice cream will be provided along with translators if needed.
These academies were designed to make parents feel comfortable and welcome in their child’s school and to provide help for them in the easiest and most convenient ways possible.