When the summer vacation has come to an end, the excitement of travel has died down, and your kids need to start getting ready to go back to school, the mood in your home can change significantly.
Keeping their spirits up and supporting them in going back to school (or starting it for the first time) is an important role you play as a parent, but the whole process can feel overwhelming for moms and dads, too!
Here are a few simple ways that you can help support your children in their school careers and make both their home and school feel more manageable and positive.
Understand Their Individuality
Especially when sending your kids to school for the first time, remember that everyone (even every little one) is different, sees things differently, has different interests and abilities, and has different needs.
Using a cookie-cutter approach isn’t always going to work, and you’ll need to figure out exactly how much and what type of support your child needs in their education. Remember that their feelings, experiences, and struggles are always valid, even if they don’t make sense to you. You can even do a bit of research into kid personality types to better understand how they operate in their little head.
Foster a Positive Attitude Towards School
The idea of going to school, learning, doing homework, etc., often has seriously negative connotations that are usually only exacerbated by TV shows and their peers.
As a parent, it’s important that you do what you can do combat these ideas and portray school and learning as positive and fun parts of life. This comes down to how you speak about learning and homework (not using it as a punishment, for example), and creating a positive learning environment at home (like providing your children with their own desk and study area, encouraging them to read, etc.).
Help Them Establish a Routine
Just like it’s important for you to have a pre-work, at-work, and after-work routine, your kids need the same kind of structure to keep them on track and offer them stability in their daily lives.
Teaching them a balanced routine will help them to become more independent and tackle their school work on their own (once they know when, where, and how to do it), as well as allow them time for play, rest, and chores at home. When your little ones know what they need to do and when, they’re more likely to get on with it and less likely to throw a fit when you ask them to finish their sums.
Be Involved in Their Education
Finally, offering your support and helping them with their school work will help them feel more capable, competent, and cared for.
Make the time to help your kids with their homework (or at least check it if help isn’t needed), and make sure they’re learning outside of the classroom too – learning at home, learning on vacation, and learning during play are all exceptional ways to teach kids that education doesn’t have to be a drag.