Was last year a difficult year for your child in school? Was your child’s teacher more of a problem than a solution? Did parenting your child become even that much more difficult because of last school year? Did you drag your child to school like a bad dog going to the crate?
No matter what the age or grade of your child, it is bound to happen. When it does, you just have to be prepared to support your child, pick up the pieces and prepare your child for a new and different school year.
School will typically be the last place most children are looking forward to going; leaving summer free-time behind. If the past school year was an especially challenging one, the anticipation of a new school year could potentially be downright painful! It is doable, however.
The first thing you will want to do is to reinforce to your child that you are in their corner; supportive no matter what. Have conversation with your child about believing in their own ability and respecting themself. Once school does begin, be patient yet firm.
It may be helpful to speak to the current year’s teacher about the issues of the previous year, get tips for success from the new teacher, review all lessons, and make certain that you are either able to help your child or locate a tutor or a helper that can do so.
The psychological repercussions may be much more difficult to deal with than anything else. Just telling your child to believe in their abilities is not sufficient. If the previous year was bad enough, you may want to get your son or daughter someone to talk to in the school; a school psychologist or counselor perhaps. You may also want to conduct family meetings so that both parents and the child will be able to discuss the new school year.
What is really important is the fact that you also believe in yourself as a parent. Just because of one issue does not mean you should doubt your ability to parent. It is typical to respect the advice of an educator for they are supposed to be experts in the field of study and have learned about educational needs of children. If parents are unable to trust an individual in charge of our children, it is very hard to feel we can trust several other people. Many times a parent will blame the ruse first on their child. After a few attempts to correct and upon discovering that the child is not the issue, the realization is sometimes difficult to accept. The parent will tend to blame the person ultimately responsible for their child – them!
Remember that all children typically have one particular year that things do not mesh between them and a teacher. If as a parent you become involved, make certain to keep an open mind and to see both sides of the issue. Once you display to your child that you have their back, the child in kind will tend to want to do their best for both you and them. Keep communication open and this new school year will be a breeze.