Hot issues this month:
What to do when you talk too much, look different, are a picky eater, or are seeking ways to welcome newcomers to the community. Take a few minutes to mull over the Q’s with your Highlights reader; use the prompts to guide discussions. You’ll be surprised what you can learn about your child just from asking the right questions.
Riley from Michigan wears a nose clip while swimming and feels self-conscious. He doesn’t want to be teased. We encouraged him to exude confidence and maintain a positive attitude—others will pick up on it. They may even realize that wearing a nose clip is really no biggie.
Q’s for your kids: What would you do if someone teased you for the way you look, or for wearing something out of the ordinary? Would you feel hurt? Embarrassed? Angry? What would you say to friends who taunt other children?
Our Alaskan reader, Elly, wants her new neighbors to feel welcome in the community and is thinking of delivering a basket of goodies. We suggested she add a personal touch with a card and a list of her favorite places, and also introduce her new neighbors to other kids in the area.
Q’s for your kids: Can you think of one reason it would be fun and one reason it would be scary to move to a new neighborhood? What could you do to make your transition easier? What would you like someone to do for you?
An anonymous e-mailer admits to talking too much. We told our reader that it’s OK to be chatty, as long as you listen, too, really hear (and understand) what others say, and apologize for any accidental interruptions.
Q’s for your kids: Some habits are good; others are rude or annoying. Can you name an inconsiderate habit? If that were your habit, how and why would you try to change it?
Emilea from Florida is a picky eater who asked for help being less fussy. We encouraged her to be positive while dining, and suggested that she at least try new foods—she may find she likes them.
Q’s for your kids: Imagine you are at a party and your hostess serves something you’ve never seen before. What could you do if you are not sure you are going to like it but don’t want to offend your hostess? Why is it important to keep an open mind, with food, activities, and even travel? Can you give an example of two table manners, and explain why they are important or irrelevant?