AUGUST IS HERE AND TIME FOR ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR!!
Although we do not begin school until the last week of the month, there are many activities and things to get done in the month of August. Enrollment has to be taken care of and of course school supplies and clothing has to be ready to go, and athletic practices all begin on August 15h. It will be a very busy month and a busy beginning to another school year.
Education experts send out countless emails and messages each year to try and help parents with the stress of the start of a school year. The biggest focal point in all the messages is getting students back into the groove of school. They say you should begin the process at least two weeks before school. Making sure students begin going to bed at a normal time and waking up at a normal time for the school year. Sleep and nutrition are to the two biggest factors for student success - along with a good work and study ethic.
Other factors that the "Experts" talk about include:
* Parents need to make sure their student knows they are loved. However, love doesn't always include stepping in and taking care of everything. If a child makes a mistake, sometimes love means allowing them to see that there are consequences. We all know that out in the real world, mistakes will be made and consequences will be handed down. It is important for kids to realize that they sometimes have to take the punishment for mistakes made. That doesn't mean they are a horrible child, it just helps them to learn from their mistakes. In all of our lives, sometimes we fail and that is okay if we learn a lesson from it.
* Allow students to have relationships with others without parents stepping in. Basically what they are saying is to encourage your child to ask the teacher questions instead of having mom or dad contact the teacher every time there is a question. This helps students form a relationship with the teacher and also helps students to ask questions on their own instead of relying on mom or dad to always do it for them. **Obviously - anytime a parent does have a question for a teacher, we encourage parents to contact the teacher**.
* Parents should model pride in what they do - making sure students learn that if you are going to do something, take pride and do the best you can. Also, parents should model responsibility. This helps students realize that they need to be responsible. Get things done on time. Do what you need to do to make sure things are done well. Have a plan. Make a to do list, etc.......
* When there is a confrontation between a parent and a teacher, parents should try to remind themselves that most teachers are also parents. They have been through many of the things you are going through as a parent. Sometimes they have walked in your shoes as a parent. When parents and teachers are on the same page, it makes life much easier for them and also creates a much better learning path for the student. When a student knows that a teacher and their parents are at odds, it can create more chaos for the student.
No matter what happens in a student's life and no matter who may come into their life - a parent is still the one that a child will normally model their lives after so make sure you are good role model. Parents sometimes don't think their child is listening to them, but studies confirm that students are always watching, listening and learning behaviors and morals from their parents.
---Many of these things can also be applied to dealing with activities and athletics and coaches and sponsors---
As we head into another school year - please make sure you communicate with your child's teacher whenever you have questions. Push your child to talk to their teacher if they have any problems. Try to allow your child and the teacher to work together to solve a problem. Then if the situation doesn't improve - give the teacher a call.