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Dear Highlights answers kids’ Q’S about how to reach a compromise, sharing, and budgeting their time.

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This month kids learn about getting sleep at a sleepover, taking turns with a younger sib, and accomplishing things during summer break.
Dear Highlights September 2017

Looking for ways to keep the lines of communication open with your kids? Check out the letters to Dear Highlights on page 42 of the September 2017 issue, or read the recaps here. Use the prompts that follow to start a conversation about these concerns that many kids face.

E-mailer Sasha enjoys sleepovers, but she likes hitting the sack early and her friend prefers staying up late.

We told Sasha a compromise might work if they agree to a bedtime that is a bit later for her and a little earlier for her friend. If that doesn’t work, her friend could read a book or keep herself occupied while Sasha sleeps.

Q’s for your kids:
  • Are you a night owl or an early riser? How about on a sleepover?
  • When you have a sleepover, how do you decide what time to go to bed?
  • If you wanted to go to bed early and everyone else wanted to stay up late and had fun without you, would you feel left out? Why or why not?
  • If you and a friend wanted to do two totally different things during a sleepover, what would you say to your friend to work it out?
Eric, from Ohio, loves listening to music, but his sister never gives him a turn using their MP3 player.

We suggested that Eric and his sister create a schedule—that way, they can equally split their time listening to tunes. Their parents will probably also have suggestions about a fair sharing system, which both siblings can agree to follow.

Q’s for your kids:

  • Why is it often difficult to share with others?
  • What objects do you share at school with your classmates? How about at home with your family?
  • Do you find it harder to share with your siblings or with your friends? Why?
  • Name someone you know who is a good role model for sharing. How can you be more like him or her?
With the new school year just around the corner, a Highlights reader fears she’s running out of time to do everything she planned to accomplish during the summer.

She still hopes to finish her reading list, clean her room, and earn some money, so we gave her ideas for doing just that! We suggested that she spend time reading instead of watching TV, wake up 30 minutes earlier so that she can clean her room, and see what chores and odd jobs she can do to earn money before summer ends.

Q’s for your kids:

  • What is your favorite thing about summer?
  • What is your favorite thing about starting a new school year?
  • If you could do only one more fun activity before your summer break ends, what would it be and why?
  • What are some ways you could earn money over summer break? What would you want to buy with the money you earned?