NW Student/Family Support Resources

February 2021

Parenting Skills: Setting Boundaries, Positive Reinforcement, Quality time, OK to say NO, Giving attention

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Northwest Community Schools has embraced positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) as a highly effective way to build children’s social-emotional-behavioral skills and reduce challenging behaviors.

PBIS can be effectively used at home too and is especially helpful when events disrupt normal routines (e.g., worldwide health pandemics, natural disasters, extended breaks).

PBIS TIP- Set Home Expectations for all K-12 students

NWCS sets expectations for all students in our buildings. These include expectations for desired behaviors and how those behaviors will look like in each setting.

For example, your child’s school might ask students to “Be Respectful” (what’s expected) in the classroom (where it’s expected) by raising their hand before speaking (the desired behavior). .

These expectations can be adapted by families to fit the home setting. Examples of an expectations table for home and school are below

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How to incorporate PBIS at home.

At Northwest Community Schools, the PBIS matrix expectations are taught and posted throughout each building including transportation. Here are 5 steps to help parents set up a similar matrix framework to help family members know what is expected of them at home.

Download the printable matrix PDF and follow the steps below:

Begin with identifying the behavioral atmosphere of your home.

Every home has an atmosphere that could use a little work; no family dynamic is perfect. Start by listing positive social behaviors; examples could be clean bedrooms, offering to clean up after dinner, etc. Then list the social behaviors that could use improvement, examples could include following directions, punctuality, etc.

Hold a family conference.

  • Family meetings tend to have a bad reputation because most families only hold them when there is something wrong.
  • In this meeting, begin with what the household is doing well. Be positive and specific. After discussing the positive social behaviors, ask household members to identify behaviors that could use improvement, and provide some of your own observations as needed.

Create your own family matrix together.

As you discuss the social behaviors in your home, your family will begin to identify expectations that are considered valuable. These are what you write down on the family matrix.

  • Be sure to include everyone’s input. Studies show that when children are given an opportunity to help make rules and expectations in the home, they are more likely to keep them. You can find a blank template here.

Download Example PBIS Home Matrix

Review weekly or biweekly as needed.

  • An important step of this matrix is to hold regular meetings to discuss how expectations are being met and if adjustments are needed.
  • Depending on your family dynamic and schedule, you may need to review this matrix weekly or every other week.

Set rewards when expectations are met.

  • Rewards help motivate household members to keep the rules and expectations of the home. Every family is different and will need to be creative in what rewards create motivation.

  • As you implement the PBIS family matrix in your home, you’ll find over time what works and what doesn’t. Just like in our schools, the clearer the expectations are, the more likely they’ll be followed.

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Reading is Important!

Reading to your child — at any age — will boost their brain development, your bond, and so much more. And all it takes is a few books, motivation, and a little time.

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