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Inside Highlights October 2016

What Your Kids Ask Us

Highlights 4Cs

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Curious
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Creative
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Here’s a great way to spend time with your child: set aside a few minutes today to chat about our readers’ letters. We find them fascinating, and we’re sure your child will find an issue he or she can relate to. You can find the letters in our Dear Highlights feature on page 42 of the October issue.
October 2016 Dear Highlights

Pressed for time? Not a problem. Take the shortcut. Read the recaps below and use the prompts that follow to start a conversation. Better yet, let your child lead the discussion.

Hot topics this month:

A talent show, the need for privacy, and feeling excluded.

With a school talent show coming up, Aaliyah from California worries she is “not really good at anything.” We advised her to consider several ideas, including telling a joke, reciting a poem, performing a magic trick, or brainstorming with friends and performing an act together.

Q’s for your kids:
Have you ever had trouble thinking of an idea for a project or performance? How did you solve it? Were you ever surprised to find a hidden talent by trying something you've never done before? Did it encourage you to try new things more often?

Texas reader Elijah wishes his sister would knock on his bedroom door instead of barging in uninvited. We suggested that he encourage his sister to respect his desire for privacy by asking her to do so politely and by rewarding her when she is sensitive to his wishes.

Q’s for your kids:
Can you describe a time you felt the need for privacy? Did the people around you respect your need for time alone, say, to do your homework, study for a test, or think through a problem? How can you tell if someone wants alone time?

E., from Virginia, feels excluded at school because a friend found other playmates. We advised E. to express his thoughts about feeling excluded, even though this might be difficult. We also encouraged E. to consider making new friends and joining fun activities.

Q’s for your kids:
Describe a time when you hurt a friend’s feelings accidentally. Did your friend discuss those feelings with you? How did you react? Can you describe a time someone hurt your feelings? What did you do? Were you able to be friends again?