I heard Nathan Levy, a nationally-recognized speaker, the other day. He had numerous really good tips for parents. Here are a few:
* Allow students to feel uncomfortable because that's how they learn. Students need to learn to deal with frustration.
* Parents jump in too quickly. They think they're helping, by "rescuing" their child. In fact, they're not letting the child learn to resolve problems.
* Good parenting is ultimately the "voice in the head." Adults still hear their parents' words and that means the parent was effective.
* Students must learn the rudiments before they are able to be creative (i.e. art, writing, basketball).
Nathan Levy has written numerous books. He has a series of 20 books called "Stories with Holes" that make students think outside the box. After hearing just a sentence or two, students must ask questions with only a "yes" or "no" answer in order to figure out what the story is about.