Back To School: 8 Tips For Parents

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The summer is over and it’s time to head back to school. So whether your child is just starting, or going back for a new year, here are some tips to ensure they get off to a great start.

1. Set Goals

Spend some time beforehand to set some easy goals for the new school year. Make them achievable, it doesn’t have to be about getting straight A’s.

This refocuses and motivates your child, putting them in the right frame of mind before they go back into the classroom.

2. Practice The School Run

If they’re starting a new school, doing some trial runs will help make sure everything runs smoothly each morning and will help familiarise your child with the journey and the new school building.

It also helps you to know how long it’s going to take to get them (and you) up and ready for the day! Keep each morning the same so they get into a routine.

3. Engage With Their Curriculum

When they get home, ask your child what they’ve learnt in school that day and how they felt about it.

It’s a surprisingly tough question to answer, but it is vital that your child feels you are invested in their school work. If you don’t care, why should they?

4. Talk About Your Experience

Telling your child about your school days, about how you made friends and how to cope (or not to cope) with lessons and teachers can be rewarding for both of you.

Every child thinks their problems at school have only ever happened to them. Let them know they’re not alone.

5. Create A Homework Plan

Give your child some ownership over their homework. Let them pick when they are going to do it and when they’ll get to do hobbies and see their friends. This way they will feel like they’ve got some control over the situation, and that you trust them to manage their time.

6. Value Their Friendship Style

Don’t worry if they only appear to have one friend rather than socialising in a big group. We’re all different.

If they want to make more friends, why not bring them along to one of our youth sessions!

7. Be A Role Model

It’s a parent’s job to teach children the best way to interact with others: talk and listen to others in a polite way, try to empathise with others, share and take turns.

The way you handle things at home will be copied by your children in school!

8. Ask For Help

School can be tough for parents as well as children! So don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed or unsure, we all do.

The way your child is being taught may well be different to how you were taught. If you don’t understand what they are doing, ask other parents or the teacher. Asking for help is a sign of a great parent!

And if there’s anything we can do, get in touch.

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