Providing encouragement to your child throughout their participation in Connecticut History Day is perhaps the most important thing you can do as a parent. At times, your child may become discouraged if they do not place in the top three or win a special prize — that is ok. As corny as it sounds, they will have gained so much by simply trying, and they can use the feedback they receive to help them for next year. Other times, it may be more important to provide moral support for your child throughout the creation of their project, as was the case with my son. Making a good project takes time and effort that can sometimes cut into free time with friends. I always made sure to remind him of what a good job he was doing and how proud I was of him. Sometimes, it is the little things that make the biggest difference.
Connecticut History Day Mom
We love that our Connecticut History Day parents get excited and are eager to help their students with their projects, but parents do have some rules to follow too. While help is allowed, you are only allowed to help your student when it is reasonable. For more information about reasonable help, Rule 5 - which defines reasonable help from a parent or teacher - from the NHD Rule Book is below:
Rule 5 | Construction of Entry
You are responsible for the research, design, and creation of your entry. You may receive help and advice from teachers and parents on the mechanical aspects of creating your entry, such as typing your paper and other written materials. You may seek guidance from your teachers as you research and analyze your material, but your conclusions must be your own. You may have reasonable help preparing your project.
Examples of reasonable help include:
• a teacher instructs you in how to use an editing software program
• a parent uses a cutting tool to cut the exhibit board or performance prop that you designed
• a teacher offers editing suggestions on your historical paper
• a parent assists in sewing costumes that you have designed
• a teacher shows you or your group how to build an NHD website
• you have photographs commercially developed
NOTE: Objects created by others specifically for use in your entry violate this rule. Examples include a parent editing a documentary or an artist drawing the backdrop for your exhibit or performance. You may receive reasonable help in carrying and placing props and exhibits.