The following tips are courtesy Ronn Jeffrey of Youth Alternatives.
After last weeks show, I visited with a parent who shared with me that her son was having a difficult time because he’s going to a different school this year.
Change is hard no matter how old you are. So imagine if you’re a little scared child or adolescent your first day in a new school. Today, I’d like to share some tips on helping our kids with the new school year.
1. PREPARE FOR CHANGES
• Discuss Changes: New school & new issues. Issues about
friends, riding in cars dress, etc.. Talk about the issues before
they become an issue.
• Visit your child’s school, meet their teachers and be sure to let
your kids know it’s ok to be a little nervous. Remember, if your
anxious your children will be anxious.
• Plan ahead but don’t plan too far: Don’t push your child to
graduation this first year. Let them settle in by helping them set
goals for this year.
• Allow for Independence: Let them grow but be ready to catch
them if they need you. Give your kids some space but keep the
communication lines open.
2. LISTEN TO YOUR KIDS
• Listen, listen and listen then after your done listening....listen
some more. ..
• Remember your window to keeping connected to your child
during this time of transition is through your ears and eyes.
• Make sure you ask more questions than you give ADVISE
3. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
• If your instincts tell you something’s not right ...check it out.
Some times your child needs you to get involved.
• You’ve taught your children a lot of good things over the years.
Trust that some of it has stuck with them.
• A former co-worker, had some great advise for parents. She
said, “Love them, sit on them from time to time, and hold your
breath until they graduate.”