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Tips for Parents: Encouraging Pirate PRIDE Expectations at Home

Encourage Your Child’s Positive Behavior and School Success

Parents play an important role in helping their children to be successful at school.  

Many parents have found that when they have the same behavior expectations and use the same language as school, it is easier for children to make good choices at home.  Also, when parents practice Positive Behavior Expectations related to Pirate PRIDE at home, they support what their child is learning at school and create better behaviors outside of school.


Below are four key components for establishing PRIDE Behavior Expectations at home:

  • Learn the Expectations: Think about what it means to expect  PRIDE at home.  Determine what each behavior looks like at home in terms your child can easily understand. Include your child in this activity!

  • Use the Language: Think about the words you use when you are trying to teach one of your expectations at home, and replace those words with the expectations. Try to get your child to THINK about their behavior and to PROBLEM SOLVE.

  • Be A Role Model: Our children learn behavioral skills from us! Demonstrate for your child what you would like to see from them. Model what positive behavior looks like, and even what it doesn’t look like! The more you practice, the more your child will learn the expectations.

  • Reinforce Positive Behavior: Positive Behavior is learned. Children are not naturally motivated to show positive behavior…they learn to do it because of the reaction they get from us! While children will learn from positive or negative consequences, they are more motivated and create lifetime motivation (not just when we are around) when the results are positive.



Positive Behavior Expectations at Home


PRIDE Expectations

Before School

After School

In Community

On Weekends

Personal Responsibility

Make your bed.

Organize your backpack.

Read 30 minutes.

Put away your backpack and belongings.

Use appropriate voice volume and behavior appropriate for setting.

Clean your room before leaving the house.


Even if you are not a morning person, be kind.

Wake yourself - Get up when your alarm goes off.

Call parent when you get home.

Be kind and helpful to siblings.

Be kind.

Hold door for others.

Stay in a group.

Communicate clearly with mom or dad.

Clear all plans with mom or dad.

Do not change plans without permission.


Eat breakfast at the table.

Clean up after yourself.


Do your chores.

Set table for dinner.

Follow rules about leaving the house.

Throw away trash.

Leave your area better than you found it.

Follow rules.

Fulfill family responsibilities..

Communicate clearly with your parents.


Check to see you have your school work ready for the day.


Set your goals and check your progress.


Demonstrate a  positive purpose.

Use the weekend to refresh, revive, and prepare for the upcoming week.


Shower and brush teeth.

Wake up to your own alarm.

Do your homework.

Get to bed on time to have quality sleep.


Allow your positive qualities to show.

Open doors and assist others.

Learn and follow rules of coach, group, organization, and family.


*Adapted from Sun Prairie School District and Minnesota Statewide Family Network