The past few school years have looked different for most children with the introduction of online learning. Although the past year has been mostly remote, many schools are returning to in-person classes this fall. So while this school year looks more normal than the last, it may still be a hard adjustment for your kiddo. Children have adapted to doing their school work online, meaning that going in person again may be a struggle for your child. In this blog, we’ll give you some tips on how to help your child adjust to the new school year.
Check-in with your child after school each day.
Ask your child how their day was and ask about classes, friends, and teachers. Asking your kiddo these questions can strengthen the bond you have with them, and let them know that they can tell you anything about their school day. Check-ins like these are essential. Your kid is more likely to inform you about possible issues at school if they feel comfortable talking to you about their school day. If your child opposes the check-ins, don’t push them into talking. Just asking your child about their day (whether they want to speak or not) can let them know that you are open to speaking with them.
Ask your child what you can do to support them in school.
Some kids need support when beginning the school year again. Ask your child how much support they need/would like to have. You can show support by helping them schedule their time to ensure all their homework gets completed or encourage them to join an afterschool program. Make sure they are not spending too little/too much time doing their work but finding a healthy balance. You can also check in with your child and their teachers to make sure that all your child’s needs are being met at school. Involving your child’s teachers can help ensure consistent support both in school and at home.
Don’t be too hard on your child about academics.
Education is critical, but your child should never sacrifice their mental well-being for academic achievements. Make sure your child knows that they don’t have to get perfect scores in school in order to be successful. If they are too stressed about grades, they could get burnt out and overwhelmed. If you think your child is experiencing burnout, ask how you can help and let them know that you love and support them no matter what their grades are. Show your child that hard work and mental well-being are more important than the letter grades they receive.
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