If you'd like 9 school success tips to help your kids succeed, stay here. Our expert parenting guest, Diana Winslow, is a social worker, writer, and teacher. She even studies law and knows a lot about helping kids. She has 6 tips for kids and 3 for parents. Let's find out her advice.
"1. Be the friendly kid and introduce yourself to other kids you don't know.
2. Follow the teacher's first instructions. Do the same at home. No need to be told multiple times. Listen and respond the first time.
3. Think about whether or not the kid YOU think is adventurous and fun is really only the kid whose name the teacher learned first... as this might be a kid who is having some struggles in the class. NOT necessarily the best person to become involved with.
That is not to shun the other kid, but really... this is a pretty easy tracking method for a child to discern if a situation or person may be a trouble magnet.
4. Be sure to pack up your school bag the night before and set it in a designated place so there is no scramble to finish a project or collect school stuff causing potential chaos upon departure.
5. Realize all teachers expect homework to be delivered in a specific location by a specific time, neat and in order.
6. If you are at school and feel afraid, who is the one adult (pre-designated) you can go to for help? This is a wonderful fire-escape for most kids but truly invaluable for kids who have had family or mental health crises.
The pre-designated adult is told they have been chosen and if your child shows up looking emotional, they have been given enough information to truly be helpful in steadying the child v. playing the symptoms, fears or needs off as attention seeking.
Tips and Information for Parents
1. “Your child's ability to learn the procedures of having proper supplies and caring for them is a lifelong skill that aids in preparation, planning and follow through.
2. If you’re in need, Title I schools and some community agencies or churches offer supplies to families in need.
3. Most schools now have an electronic tracking feature for attendance, school assignments, and school performance. Be sure to use it.
Thank-you Diana! I like how you gave direct advice to kids and to parents. Your tips are sure to help many parents understand how to help their children.
Parents, now it's your turn. What are your suggestions for preparing your kids for school success? Please answer in the comment link below.
Jean Tracy, MSS
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