Encouragement and Empathy
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Imagine if your child could say to you, “Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.”  (Karen Ravn)  The challenging job of a parent is to create the specific environment that enables each child to reach, seek, look and dream.  This job requires a lot of thought, preparation and even research.  But the reward is an independent, confident adult, with a loving heart, in 20 years or so.  

Failure is NOT Bad
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech to junior high students in 1967.  He told them that they were in the process of developing their life’s blueprint.  The blueprint must include the principle of a determination to achieve excellence in whatever they do.  

Help or Criticism-How Can One Tell?                 print this letter in full sheet or half sheet

One of the hardest parts of being a Suzuki parent is trying to help your child when they want no part of your help.  They want to do things their way and by themselves and become angry if you so much as breathe a suggestion.

Helping Kids to Care While Practicing                 print this letter in full sheet or half sheet

You’ve dragged your Suzuki kid to practice but it seems that you’re putting forth all of the effort.  The sounds filling the practice room are not soon to be awarded any prizes. 

Parent’s Patience and Practicing…some thoughts to ponder
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Peter De Vries, American novelist, said, “There are times when parenthood seems like nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you.”  Does it remind you of some practices you’ve had with your child?