The summer has gone by quickly and September has made its arrival! September is also many parents’ favourite start of a new year. They get to send their children back to school. They no longer have to figure out how to keep their kids entertained over the long hours of summer break. We thought it would be helpful to offer parents some tried and true tips on how to get kids off on the right foot for the new school year.
1. Two weeks before school, start by establishing routines. Work on mealtime and bedtime routines to get the kids ready for when school starts.
2. Help support study habits. Create a supportive learning environment at home and designate a special space for school work. Let them help set it up so they feel more like it’s their spot, but make sure you like it too so it’s easier to be around to help when needed.
1. To help keep your children organized through the school year, get them to choose a fun agenda. Help them get started on writing in the agenda and show them how it makes time management so much easier.
2. Make sure they have the school supplies they need. Start with the basics before school starts like, binders, pens, and pencils, and when the teachers give out the supply list on the first day of school, don’t forget to take a look. Getting them the specific supplies the teachers request will put them on the right path to success.
1. High school is a critical time for developing independence. But even when they say they don’t need your help, important decisions can be overwhelming. Taking an interest in their future plans, listening to their ideas and dreams (not yours) and then providing your suggestions is an important step in gaining their confidence that you really are looking out for their best interests. Help them figure out what courses to take, to achieve their goals, but not limit themselves should those goals change over time.
2. In the upper years, get involved with helping your teen research post-secondary institutions. Attend college/university fairs and tours, help with their college/university list, and what criteria they are looking for in a school.
1. Encourage your kid to become friendly with their professors. This can lead to a TA position, a head start on finding internships and making connections that can help them later in life.
2. Be supportive if your child doesn’t get perfect marks in college/university. Students have so much to learn and experience in the first year, that the stress of your high expectations can have a negative effect on their ability to succeed. So remember to be patient and understanding if they don’t bring home the same grades as they did in high school.
Here are links with more tips to help your child get ready for the new school year. Children from kindergarden to grade 5. https://tdn.com/lifestyles/back-to-school-tips-for-elementary-students/article_537f6fe0-ee33-11e1-99bb-001a4bcf887a.html
Students in grade 9 to 12. https://www.fastweb.com/student-life/articles/top-11-tips-for-back-to-high-school
Students that are going into post-secondary. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/09/02/9-tips-on-how-to-be-a-good-college-parent/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.3095d4d42fd0.
Hope you enjoy the last bit of chaos that summer brings on this Labour Day long weekend, before the calm of school routines once again takes over the house.
Happy Labour Day long weekend!
“Like many parents after a long family holiday, I usually welcome the moment when my kids head back to school.” – Jose Andres