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Inside Highlights® Dear Highlights February 2018

Helping Kids Find Solutions to Everyday Problems

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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What’s on kids’ minds this month? Good grades, a new pet, and, of course, Valentine’s Day.
Dear Highlights February 2018

Life’s little challenges are easier to handle once kids learn how to manage them. Check out our readers’ most pressing questions here or on page 42 of the February 2018 issue. Then use the prompts that follow to start a meaningful conversation with your children.

Pennsylvania reader Michael is counting down the minutes until summer, when his parents will get him a goldfish. He is so excited, in fact, that he’s having a hard time waiting.

We encouraged Michael to use the time to prepare for pet ownership. We said he could read books about goldfish and their care, and even brainstorm names for them. We also suggested that he use the time wisely and try to show his parents he is responsible enough to care for a pet.

Q’s for your kids:

  • What’s the most challenging part of having a pet in the family? What’s the most exciting?
  • If you wanted to learn about pets and pet care right now, how would you go about it? Name someone you could speak to about it. What would you read? What would you want to learn?
  • Why is it hard to be patient when you’re looking forward to something special? How could you pass the time?
  • What types of things might you do to show your family you’re responsible enough to care for a new puppy, kitten, or goldfish?
Megan from Michigan wants to celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving out lots of cards. But she doesn’t have any siblings or pets to give them to, so she asked for our suggestions.

We gave Megan a list of people to consider sending cards to, including teachers, coaches and activity directors, neighbors, nursing-home residents, veterans, and librarians. But we urged her to ask her parents to read and approve the list ahead of time.

Q’s for your kids:

  • What do you like most about Valentine’s Day? What don’t you like about it?
  • Can you name some people you’d like to give cards to?
  • Would you rather give out more cards than you receive, or receive more than you give?
  • If you could hand out only one valentine to someone other than a parent or sibling, name someone you would give it to. Why would you choose that person?
Maine reader Sophia studies very hard for spelling tests, but she always gets nervous and gets some answers wrong. She asked for our advice.

We encouraged Sophia to take a few deep breaths before the test to help her relax. We also said she should eat a nutritious breakfast the morning of the test and remind herself she is very well prepared. If she still needs help after she’s tried these techniques, we suggested she ask her teachers and parents for other tips that might help her.

Q’s for your kids:

  • What’s your favorite subject? Do you like spelling? Is it easy or hard for you?
  • Why do you think spelling is so important?
  • What’s the first thing you do when you read or hear a new word? Do you look it up yourself, ask someone the meaning, or just ignore it?
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most prepared, how well prepared are you for spelling tests?
  • What could you do before your next test to make sure you really know the material?