Parenting with Positivism : Issue 9

Get Ready, Set, Go!

Kids who are starting school for the first time or moving to a new school have the biggest adjustments to make. Even for those moving up a grade means coping with a new teacher, more academic demands and a changing social circle.

Start preparing now to make those first weeks easier for your kids – and yourself!
Here are some tips for you :

Uniform And Books

  • Generally vendors run out of stock pretty fast; get your uniform and books timely! Make sure the uniform and shoe size is right.
  • Make sure you give the books as per requirement. Keep the school bag, stationary, and other accessories ready.

Tiffin

Even if your school provides a meal or has a canteen facility, pack your child’s tiffin with nutritious meals. Child’s choice would ensure an empty tiffin box when they return home.

Orientation

  • If there are orientation activities for the children or parents, please attend and make sure you get as much information as possible.
  • Facilitate bonding of your child with teachers, class mates, etc.

Activities

Talk about the school trips, heritage walks, visits etc that are planned as per the school calendar.

Schedule

  • Get your kids back on an early to bed schedule well before school starts.
  • Do a dry-run of how the school day schedule would be like. Getting up, getting ready, transportation, getting to school, getting back!

Help your Child Adjust to School

Help your child make friends with other class mates and establish good relationship with teachers; Talk about you school days and the fun you had in your childhood and how you could overcome the fear and apprehensions as a child.

Give your child a way to hold onto you during the day; Calm her fears.

Help your child laugh out his anxieties so he doesn’t have to cry.

Giggpng is your child’s way of venting anxiety, and any child who is having a tough school adjustment is feepng anxious — fearful — inside. Give him as many opportunities to giggle as possible.

Be alert for signs about why your child is worried. Ask calm questions about his day, psten deeply, and reflect what he tells you so he’ll keep talking.

Homework for Parents

Stop and listen – actually listen- every day when you’re reunited with your child. Talk to them about their day, what they learnt and so on.

Unload the backpack/homework folder with your kids daily.

Before going to bed, read with your kids every night for 15 minutes.

Play repetitive games with your kids.

Ask open ended questions to help your kids communicate.

Be involved in school activities.

Help the child to do homework as per directions of the teacher.


Safety Rules for Every Family

  • Talk about safety and danger to your kids.
  • Help them understand dangerous situations and need to be safe.
  • Listen to your kids and respond to their needs.
  • Teach your child that in your family, no one ever keeps secrets.
  • The best way to keep your child safe is to help him develop good judgment.
  • Talk with your kids constantly — and listen more than you talk.