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Inside Highlights June 2018

Dear Highlights: What Your Kids Want to Know

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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I want to raise money to go to nationals . . . and other concerns from school-age kids.
Dear Highlights: June 2018
What youngsters learn from this month’s letters:
  • How to raise funds to go to a competition
  • Ways to word a friendly reminder
  • Tips to tidy up a mess

What are kids thinking about this month—and what problems do they want help solving?

Check out Dear Highlights on page 42 of the June 2018 issue—or read the summaries here. Then use the prompts that follow to explore these topics with your child to help set her up for success.

Ramona from California let a friend borrow her favorite stuffed animal. Now she’s worried that she won’t get it back. We encouraged Ramona to leave her most cherished belongings at home for safekeeping going forward. We also suggested that she ask her friend to keep the stuffed animal indoors and at home until they see each other again.

What to do next:

  • Talk to your child about his favorite possessions.
  • Ask what makes them special or why he likes them.
  • Encourage him to name two ways to keep them safe.
  • Together, find a place of honor where he can display them.
  • Role-play together. Pretend you want to borrow a bobblehead figure from his baseball collection. Let him rehearse what he might say.
Lukas shares a room with his younger brother who, he reports, is messy. We told Lukas he could let his little brother know that a messy room upsets him, make a pact that they will both put their belongings away, and turn cleanup into a fun activity by making a game out of it.

What to do next:

  • Talk to your kids about the benefits of keeping their room tidy.
  • Schedule a five-minute tidy-up break at the same time every day.
  • Play background music or initiate a challenge to make cleanup time go by quickly.
  • Offer motivating incentives. See who can put away all their clothing first. Move on to toys and books.
  • Teach your kids to work together—or offer each other a helping hand.
Riley from Massachusetts wants to go to nationals but feels uneasy handing out flyers and asking people for money to help her reach her goal. We told Riley to follow her dreams—and to be polite, friendly, and ready to thank people for their time whether or not they donate to her cause.

What to do next:

  • Encourage your child to talk about causes she believes in.
  • Offer ideas if she can’t decide.
  • Help her focus on one cause she would like to support as, say, an after-school or occasional activity.
  • Ask your child if she would like to volunteer alone or with friends.
  • Volunteer as a family at a food bank or shelter.
  • Raise money for a worthy cause.