10 Steps to Have a Better School Year

10 Steps to Have a Better School Year

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September is that time of the year when your kids and you are a little stressed, worried, and want some relief. As a mom, I can tell you that I am always worried about my kids’ day! Are they doing fine? Did they eat lunch? Are they struggling making new friends? How about learning? Do they like their teacher? These are just some of the questions that run through my mind, especially during the first weeks of school. I bet you feel the same way and want to help your child as much as I do.

You might be wondering: how do I help my child feel better in school? How do I help my child be confident?  I completely get your feelings. And I know for sure that if your child does good in school, then you feel good and peaceful as well. Want to know the best part? You can help your child, and you are the only one who can change his/her school perception.

Here is the deal: your child sensed your worries, your happiness, and all the other feelings about everything, and if you are calm and confident, then they are calm and confident as well, or at least it takes away some of the school related anxiety. Think of this: how babies are learning? They learn by looking at us and by imitating us. I urge you to show happiness and a positive attitude. I promise you that it will get better and help your kids boost confidence.

Now after reading and reading lots of articles and books, and endless talks with my kids, I came to the conclusion that kids deal better with school when they have a real connection with their parents, siblings, grandparents, friend and teachers. Also, a big kicker is their routine.

Here is the list that I put together to help my kids, and I am sure it will help your kids as well to feel good in school. Why am I so sure? Well, many were learned by experience and many were suggested by my kids. You are welcome to leave your comments and your strategies bellow, as well as sharing this article to help others to have a better school year. I always say that we need to learn from each other, and communication is the best way to do so.

So here we go:

10 Steps to Have a Better School Year

  1. Sleep – it is one of the most important parts of your child life: it helps him grow, calm, and perform his best the next day. This is why every kid needs a bedtime and wake-up routine.
  2. Positive attitude – always and always remind to your child about the best parts of the prior year. It will help him/her to feel better and look with excitement to this year opportunity.
  3. Go with your child to his/her classroom – I know for sure that time is something we all are lucking, and me or you – are not exceptions, but finding couple of minutes to go with your child to his classroom will reassure him that in case that something happens, you will know where he/she is at and come. It might be nothing to you, but means a lot to your kid. They want to have that feeling that their parents are there for them, at anytime.
  4. Talk to their teacher your kids will see that you are there and you are connecting with the person they will spend most of the time during the school year. It will give them confidence and reassure them that you can understand their feelings towards their teacher and gives them a big ok about their teacher.
  5. Ask what will make their day better while they are in school – don’t be afraid to ask. One day my child said that if he had a specific Snack (this link will take you to amazon.com, but we are buying this specific snack from the store, it is cheaper) will make him feel better, because he was craving that snack. Easy.
  6. Sign-up for volunteering and PTA and try your best to do anything you can to help out – this is the way to show your kid that you are involved in his/her school. If you don’t have time to be in school, talk to his/her teacher if they have something you could do at home, like sorting papers, or cutting something for the next project. It’s important for your child to see that your are involved – it will help them feel more responsibility about the school.
  7. Ask specific questions about his/her day – this way you can detect if there is a problem, or struggle, and offer help. Keep your eyes and years open – if you notice some type of behavior change, like eating, sleeping, or sadness, ask more questions, and propose a strategy to help him/her. Do not add to his/her stress by saying that it’s his/her fault, or that he/she are always acting like that and it leads to these type of the situations.
  8. Don’t criticize – you don’t want to add more pressure on your kid. Keep your talks about his teachers or his behaviors away from him/her.
  9. Get involved in his/her school events. Yes, you are tired! Yes, you have a lot to do! But being there with your kid, helps him appreciate, and be involved, and makes them feel like everyone else. Next day in school, he/she will be able to participate in the conversation about that event. It gives them the opportunity to grow, explore, and being able to socialize. It help you too! How? You get that happy feeling that you are a good parent, and you are there for your kids, and changes a bit your routine. I always say that it is good to do something else beside your work and home chores. Don’t you agree?
  10. Help him/her feel special – they are trying so hard to be liked by their new friends, and let’s face it – that’s hard, kids can be pretty selfish and mean. How to help your kid to feel more confident. Do something besides their birthdays, or holidays. I buy couple of pizzas, other times cupcakes, or fruits, some juice, and go to Dollar Store and get some pretty napkins, plates, and cups. Talk to the teacher first, our teachers always welcomes this types of events.

What’s the bottom line?

The bottom line is that no one can help our children better than us, the parents. I hope you found this article helpful and will share it to help other parents! Please leave your comment bellow with questions, suggestions, strategies, or experience! I am always open to new ideas. At the end of the day, all I want is to feel like I did everything possible for my kids.

 Alina

2 Replies to “10 Steps to Have a Better School Year”

    1. Yes, and confidence will lead to success! Isn’t success what we want for our children during school year?
      Thank you for stopping by 🙂

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