Where did the summer go? We just left the school halls for the excitement of sleeping in, extra TV time, sugary snacks, swimming with friends, and vacations. Is that really over? Are we back to being strict parents with a schedule and healthy meals? Yes! We are back on the school grind.
I’ve worked in education, in some capacity, for the last fifteen years. I’ve been a mom for eight of them. Here are my three tools for helping your child have a successful year:
- Communicate: Provide teachers with the best line of communication for you and anyone who needs to be contacted regarding your child. Get a clear understanding of how the teacher shares classroom information. If it’s only done online and you don’t have access to the internet, don’t be ashamed. Speak with the teacher to inquire about ways you can receive the information in a timely manner.
- Mediate: Recognize that educational success is best achieved if the teacher, parent, and child work together. If the teacher suggests extra help at home, make it happen even if you are not the one who is able to assist. If your child has concerns about the teaching methods, encourage them to speak to the teacher to see if there is something that can be adjusted. If they are not old enough to have this conversation with the teacher, request a meeting to discuss different strategies. This could possibly lead to a discovery about your child and his/her learning styles or issues.
- Love: Create opportunities for your child to observe you being friendly to the teacher. Compliment him/her in front of your child, speak kind words at home about the teacher, or send a nice note or gift to show appreciation without an occasion prompting you. Think about how wonderful you would feel if your significant other or child did this for you.
Yes, I know, you thought I had this magical formula for success and was getting ready to go on tour to change the lives of all of our precious children. Sorry! I didn’t mean to trick you! I just wanted to remind you that these three, simple tools are important!
Ask yourself, “Am I doing these things?” If yes, then give yourself a pat on the back and encourage others to do them. If no, encourage yourself to begin and then encourage others.
In the words of Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success!”
Cheers to a successful school year!
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