Back to School Parenting Tips

Posted on August 20, 2012

Once again, summer is ending and school is beginning.  For many families, this time can be filled with anxiety, chaos, and confusion as children begin adjusting to increased structure and demands.  Below you will find parenting tips to help ease the transition and begin the school year with excitement and unity.

Parenting Tip One: Create a schedule and stick with it

Children respond to structure because it provides kids safety and security.  Begin by implementing a designated time to wake in the morning, arrive at the bus stop, complete homework at night, and go to sleep.  A consistent schedule will allow your child to thrive and grow.

Parenting Tip Two: Allow time for fun for kids

The beginning of school brings new demands and time constraints.  As you plan your schedule, build in time for fun and relaxation.  Make sure you are playing as a family and relaxing each day.  Great family activities other than watching television include playing board games, reading, dancing to music, and running outside.  Pick your child’s favorite and join in the fun.

Parenting Tip Three: Cultivate a relationship with your child’s teacher

Whether your child is an excellent student or needs additional support, having a relationship with your child’s teacher will help you support your child’s learning outside of the classroom.  Be aware of the classroom structure and daily assignments so you can help motivate and encourage your child in the learning process.

Parenting Tip Four: Ask about your child’s day at school

Speaking with your kids about the day will increase emotional connection between you and your child and will assist in your child’s success at school.  Listen when your child has a tough day and be genuinely interested in your child’s daily activities.  You’ll be amazed at what you learn.

 

Written by: Kristie L. Watts, LMFTA

Kristie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate at Groff and Associates Counseling.  Her passions are parent child relationships, grief and loss, and pregnancy related struggles.  If you are interested in seeing a counselor and think that Kristie would be a good fit, please contact her at kristie@groffandassociates.com.

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