Back to School Series: How to Help Your Children Succeed
The back to school time period can bring a lot of emotions for us parents. I think that each September I feel a healthy mix of joy that the kids are getting back into a normal routine and sadness that somehow the years keep getting faster. New teachers, new cities, and new schools also can induce some anxiety as you prepare for the first day.
According to a poll by EmpoweringParents.com the top five concerns for parents about their child’s upcoming school year are:
- Unmotivated children
- Kids paying attention and behaving in class
- How to get kids out of bed and out the door in the morning
- Homework problems (teaching kids to bring it home, doing it, handing it in on time)
- Bullying behavior (both sides of the fence)
In addition to these typical concerns, if your child struggled the year before, or you have special circumstances, you may also carry additional stress about what the next year will bring. What do you do if your concerns go above and beyond the typical first day jitters? How do you help your child and yourself get the most out of the next school year?
Over the next week, I will be going over some tips on how to help the gifted child, the struggling child, and the average student. Each group has unique challenges and struggles that may come up but there are ways to help!