Welcome back to the Behavior Bake blog! The new school year has arrived and with it new chances to start right, create strong foundations, and build a better tomorrow! This time on the blog we wanted to look at some more parenting tips specifically for starting off the new school year right!
Parenting Tips for New School Year Success
Get to Know the Teachers
Getting to know your child’s teachers can be such a huge boon! By being familiar with their teacher, you can better understand what it is that is expected of your child, how your child relates to them. While there are plenty of parent-teacher conferences to attend, the amount of quality one on one time can be a struggle to find. If you’re able, find a few minutes before or after school to catch up. Creating a solid pathway of communication can be invaluable should there ever be any confusion or concern, whether it’s homework based or behavior.
Create a Calendar – For Everyone!
Your child is about to be back on a schedule at school, and balancing drop-off times, pick-up hours, afterschool activities and more can make the juggle difficult. Talk to your child and find out what homework assignments they have due, or project due dates and add them to the calendar. Time management is difficult even for adults, but having it written up in view to all can help everyone stay on target! The structure can also help with certain behaviors to encourage success.
Talk to Your Child
Going back to school after a long summer at home is always exciting for kids, but it may not be the good exciting. Sometimes they are nervous about new schools, new classmates, or just growing up and what is expected of them. Keeping an open dialogue going, before and after school, can not only help them feel at ease but also help them work through the things they may be feeling. Letting them vocalize their worries or excitement can be a huge help to them understanding just what it is they are fixated on.
Being organized is such a crucial skill to set ourselves up for success. We know it certainly isn’t an easy one to learn but with help from you your child can learn this critical life skill. We all want our kids to pick up after themselves, but when they learn just how valuable it is to know exactly where something is right when they need it they can see that value themselves.
It is not all up to you, of course, to ensure your child’s scholastic success. There is a lot they can do aside from the standard homework to do their best! Share these tips with them to give them a leg up, and let them know you’re in their corner, rooting for them.
Tips for Your Student’s Success
It can be so scary to speak up in front of the class. It is even scarier to speak up and let them know you don’t understand something. Remember, the point of school is to learn things! If everyone understood it all then they wouldn’t have to go! Listen carefully, read your directions, and if afterward there are still questions do not hesitate to ask your teacher for more help.
Easier said than done for many students, but concentrating on school and the task at hand is so incredibly important. If you have a cell phone, keep it put away during class times. If you have an overly talkative classmate, let them know you are trying to focus! Often times students don’t realize they are distracting until they are made aware.
Put these tips into your toolbox, pair them with the principles of ABA we are always talking about and help your child not just succeed this year, but to truly flourish. If you’ve not already signed up for a Behavior Bake Workshop, check out when we are having our next one, find the time in your schedule and sign up today. It’s not just up to your child and their teachers to learn this year, it’s up to you as a family as well.