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WHUT & WNET’s Parenting Minutes are short videos that focus on key topics related to early childhood learning and raising children. Each video contains shareable tips and facts, as well as links to more FREE resources and information.

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READING WITH YOUR FAMILY

  • When reading together, ask questions to spark conversations. Ask your child if they would do the same thing as the main character in the book, or how they might react to the situation described. You may even learn something new about your child.
     

  • Encourage critical thinking. If your child has a question about the text, resist the urge to answer right away. Ask your child what they think the answer might be, and help lead them towards it. With a little support, you’ll be amazed at the connections they make, and they will be, too!
     

  • Reading books is not just for bedtime! Read with your child as much as possible throughout the day.
     

  • Mix it up! Let the kids take the lead in choosing reading material. They may sometimes want to read a fairy tale, comic strip, a biography, a newspaper, or even a cereal box. Encourage them to read things they are interested in to help foster a lifelong love of reading.
     

  • Read and discuss books with your children in whatever language you are most comfortable.

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EXERCISE WITH YOUR FAMILY

  • Make exercise a family affair! When you’re active with your kids, they’ll learn the importance of being physical, getting into the fresh air, and spending time together as a family.

  • There are always opportunities for learning when families spend time together. Walking through a park, checking out a new neighborhood, and exploring a local nature preserve are fun and inexpensive ways to discover and learn new things.

  • Get outside to get kids talking!  If you’re concerned about your child’s mood or just want to check in, suggest some outdoor time. You may be pleasantly surprised by their willingness to engage.

  • Going for walks can be a fun time to ask questions about each other. Take turns asking your child fun questions and then let them ask questions about you!

  • Take turns identifying things outside. When out for a walk, point out the butterflies, the clouds, and the trees. Then, have your child point out things as well. 

  • Spontaneous outings can be fun for the whole family. Other times, you can plan in advance and let the kids in on the preparations. For some children, knowing what to expect provides comfort and makes the outing that much more enjoyable.

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