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Inside Highlights June 2017

KIDS’ Q’S ABOUT MAKING MISTAKES, FITTING IN AT LUNCH, AND ORGANIZING CHERISHED COLLECTIBLES

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This month, your kids learn how to overcome piano-lesson anxiety, how to carve out a place to sit in a crowded camp cafeteria, and how to keep prized possessions in order.
Dear Highlights June 2017

You can read this month’s letters to Dear Highlights on page 42 of the June 2017 issue, or check out the recaps below. Then, use the prompts that follow to explore these topics with your child in a laid-back conversation.

E-mailer Nettie gets nervous playing piano in front of her teacher. We told Nettie she might feel more confident if she practices a bit more before her lesson. We also reminded her that she and her teacher can always smooth over the rough spots together, and added that she might get some great “stay calm during the lesson” tips from her parents and other music students.

Q’s for your kids:

  • Have you ever made a mistake, say, in a class or on the field, even though you knew the material or what to do, but you just got nervous?
  • Did anyone correct or criticize you when you made the error?
  • What did that person say, and how did you respond to the comment?
  • How did you feel when you made the mistake: not too bad—you got over it quickly; you got mad at yourself or felt embarrassed; or you vowed to be better prepared or try harder?
Anirudh, from Texas, and his camp friends can’t find seats at lunchtime because other campers keep saving them. We suggested that Anirudh arrive earlier, if possible; ask others to make room by sliding over; or, when it’s really crowded, stay flexible and use the occasion as an opportunity to sit elsewhere and meet new people.

Q’s for your kids:

  • Why do you think kids often sit with the same people over and over instead of inviting new kids to join them?
  • Are they shy, judgmental, or cliquey—or is the table too small to squeeze in other people?
  • Have you ever sat at a table with kids you didn’t know well?
  • What did you say—or what could you have said—to start a conversation?
  • Why might it be good to socialize with different kids from time to time?
Minnesota reader Emma is an amateur collector who says she doesn’t know how to keep her treasures organized. We told her she can use shelves, scrapbooks, or special boxes to arrange her possessions, and suggested she review her collection periodically to pare it down and keep only her favorites so it stays uncluttered.

Q’s for your kids:

  • What are your favorite collectibles? Do you like accumulating books, baseball cards, stuffed animals, books, or family pictures?
  • How do you like to arrange your collection: by the type of item, biggest to smallest, or by color?
  • Where do you like to keep your collectibles: tucked away in a box or out in the open where everyone can see them?
  • Are there any items you used to collect but stopped collecting?
  • What were they, and why did you change your mind about them?
  • How do you feel when your room is cluttered?
  •  What’s the benefit of organizing your belongings?