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9 School Success Tips: See How Easily Your Kids Can Succeed

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.

 

School Success Blog Diana Diana "ATL" Winslow MSW, ACSW, LCSW

"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.

Please connect with Diana at:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/diana-%22atl%22-winslow-msw-acsw-lcsw/5/a6/711

Parents, now it's your turn. What are your suggestions for  preparing your kids for school success? Please answer in the comment link below.

Warmly,

Jean Tracy, MSS 

http://www.KidsDiscuss.com

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What Do Choice and Consequence Have To Do with School Success?

If you want school success for your child, expect to deal with choice, consequence, love, and responsibility. Our parenting coach, Hendrik Nieuwoudt, is here to help.

  School Success Blog ~ Hendrik Niewwoudt

Hendrik Nieuwoudt, The Practical Parening Coach

"As a parenting coach, I really focus on three elements when working with parents. Through experience, these three elements have proved to work the best for me.

Choice and Consequence:

Children need to make choices from as early as possible.

It is said that the average adult makes on average 850 decisions every day. Coupled to every decision is a consequence or outcome.

     Let me give you a classic example.

Children always wants to eat in front of the television. You give them 2 choices:

1) They eat in front of the television, but the television is switched off and no television later that night.

2) They eat around the table as a family and the children can watch television later that night.

Children will make a decision and learn to live with the consequences that leads to the second element:

Responsibility:

If children are allowed to make choices, they've already been given some responsibility.

If a child has made a bad decision, ie not doing his homework, he/she needs to face the consequences. It is not our job as parent to try and sort this out for them. They must learn and understand that by taking responsibility, life can be much easier. That leads me to the last element.

Love and Support:

Throughout this process of taking responsibility and making choices, your child will be learning.

It is not nice making mistakes or bad choices, but it provides us with something called experience. Support and love your child, but don't take away the experience. Listen and provide advice, but don't take away the learning experience.

Please feel free to read my article where I explain all these elements through a case study - http://www.practicalparentcoach.com/2011/07/responsibility-the-parenting-way/ 

TIP: Always kiss your child goodnight, even if he is sleeping."

Thank-you, Hendrik. You gave us great advice. I did go to your website and read Johnny's story. It's terrific. I hope many parents learn from you and sign up for your free report.

Parents, now it's your turn. What are your suggestions for  preparing your kids for school success? Please answer in the comment link below.

Warmly,

Jean Tracy, MSS 

http://www.KidsDiscuss.com

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School Success: 5 Sure-Ways to Help Your Child Succeed.

Is school success for your child important to you? If you discovered 5 sure-ways to help your child succeed would you use them? Today, our parenting expert is a teacher and founder of Stizzil, an Online and Enrichment and Tutoring Program. Let's listen to her 5 sure-ways to help your child succeed.


School Success ~ Elaine Sigal


Elaine Sigal, mother and educator

"I am the mom of three grown men and the founder of a quality, premium on line supplemental US education company, Stizzil. I am a high school English and theater teacher by training.

My suggestions:

1) Listen to your children - really listen.....that means turning off all electronics for as long as it takes. We always ate dinner together as a family - regardless of the time - and used that time to share our day and thoughts.

2) Read with and to your children. Reading is a key element in education and if your children see you reading, they will pick up the habit.

3) Recognize that while school is important, so are other activities. Encourage your children to participate fully in all areas of life.

4) Place no more importance on grades than you do on other areas of their well being. It is important for them to know that you support them and they can turn to you for all emotional support.

5) Be prepared to be a proactive parent. Know your children's friends, teachers, and activities. Question anything that does not seem right to you.

I always believed that the well-adjusted, honest, warm, caring, and healthy children made the best students. Love your children, support your children and be there for your children. All of these hints will help them become the student that they can be.

Thank-you, Elaine, for sharing your expertise. We are fortunate to have your advice. I've looked at your website and it's amazing.

You can connect with Elaine at http://www.stizzil.com/

Parents, now it's your turn. What are your suggestions for  preparing your kids for school success? Please answer in the comment link below.

Warmly,

Jean Tracy, MSS 

http://www.KidsDiscuss.com

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Parenting Solutions: If You're Involved, You Can Help Your Child Succeed in School

All parents want their children to succeed in school but not all parents are involved. Our parenting expert, Jackie Simmons, is a school counselor. She talks with kids and knows how they think and feel. Listen to her insider secrets for helping parents help kids everywhere.

School Success Blog Jackie Simmons

Jackie Simmons, School Counselor


"I work in England as a school counselor. I have seen a variety of children from the age of 10 years upwards. In the Middle schools I have worked in (age range 9 to 13 years),

What Children Tell School Counselors

1. Most have expressed anxieties over school SAT tests.

2. Quite often they say that in certain subjects, math being a major one, they find it difficult to understand as quickly as their peers.

3. Some children come and say they had to miss their breaks because of not doing homework.

4. Many of these children said parents don't ask about homework or sit down and help them when they are struggling.

Solutions for Parents:

1. Parents need to show that they are interested in their child's school day.

2. Parents need to teach kids how to become organized by setting a routine for doing homework.

3. Parents need to be around to encourage them and help if their children  become stuck.

What Children Fear and How Parents Can Help:

Many children do not like to ask about receiving help and they would rather struggle than feel foolish in front of classmates.

1. If parents develop a good relationship with their child's teacher, parents can help form a link for their younger children to talk to that teacher about their concerns.

Sometimes even with the best will in the world children find it difficult to organize themselves. It can be very stressful for them if they turn up to school without the books, pencils, PE kit, or anything else they need.

2. Parents need to develop a routine that the child can stick to. Checking their child's book bag before bedtime has proved to be a good time to prepare for the next day. Kids are still half asleep in the morning.

3. My best advice is to be involved and interested in your child in all areas of their lives.

Good parent-child relationships go a long way in making a child happy and secure."

Jackie, I appreciate knowing what you've learned from the children you counsel. Children trust you and because of that you are able to help parents understand what kids need. Thank-you for sharing.

Parents, you can connect with Jackie at:

http://www.jackiesimmonscounsellor.co.uk/ 

Parents, now it's your turn. What are your suggestions for  preparing your kids for school success? Please answer in the comment link below.

Warmly,

Jean Tracy, MSS 

http://www.KidsDiscuss.com

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5 School Success Habits Your Child Must Learn or Else!

School success is an experience your child can have. Our parenting expert, Roshni Shah is reminding us of 5 habits she's learned and promotes. Let's find out what she means.

School Success ~Roshni Shah

Roshni Shah

I can't claim these tips to be my own but I do live by Stephen Covey's 7 Habits for Highly Effective People / Teenagers.

1. Attitude - approach a problem with a Win/Win attitude to find a solution that meet everyone's needs. This fosters mutual respect (between the parent, teacher and student) and ensures total commitment from all those involved.

2. Goals - discuss what the goal should be ...what outcome would solve the problem. Make sure it is realistic and achievable. Unrealistic expectations of a student with average capabilities or of a teacher trying to manage an unruly class of 30 causes stress.

3. Consider as many different ways as possible of achieving that goal. If people are not given a choice (however limited) they feel disempowered. Give them a choice and they immediately learn to evaluate and identify the pros and cons of each option and they learn to deal with the consequences.

4. Proactivity. Be proactive not reactive. We can't influence or change the behavior of others. We can only change our response to their behavior. So the next time you see a difficult situation developing, take a moment to understand before you try to be understood. In other words, listen first then talk.

5. Prioritize. Prioritizing is a skill learned through experience. Don't expect young people to be born with it. Help them by encouraging weekly planning rather than daily planning. Identify all the major issues for the forthcoming week (Chemistry assignment, friend's party, History test). Block out time for these issues and then plan everything else around it. Simple!

Roshni, thanks for sharing these. They make so much sense and help parents, students, and teachers.

Please connect with Roshni Shah / Youth and Parent Facilitator, Parentline Call Taker and Learning Difficulties Therapist at: http://www.help4learning.com 

Now it's your turn. How do you prepare your kids for school success? Please answer in the comment link below.

Warmly,

Jean Tracy, MSS 

http://www.KidsDiscuss.com

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Warning Parents: Without This School Success Tool Your Children Will Suffer!

Parents, is your child's school success important to you?  Then Debbie Jansen, our parenting expert, has a tool you must use. Let's find out what it is and how to use it.

School Success ~ Debbie Jansen

Debbie Jansen

You Must Teach Your Child Manners

I know it's often overlooked, but without it your child will have problems. 95% of all teachers do their very best to be impartial. They do their best to give each child the same amount of attention. But let's face facts. Everyone on the planet is going to react favorably to a "nice" person.

The Problems That Occur without Manners

The child who disrupts, causes problems in the classroom and on top of it - they are disrespectful -- that child won't get as much attention and the attention he/she does get will be negative.

Before you are critical - think about work and how you treat disrespectful people at work. How do you treat an angry frustrated store clerk? It doesn't matter how wonderful we are or how hard we try to be fair....we are going to view the nice kid differently.

Manners, The Success Tool Is Easy to Teach

It's habit. As parents, we must carefully model mannerly behavior for our child. We should "gently" remind our children how to be mannerly whenever we can.

It's also important to discuss "why" we should all have manners. Most reality shows model horrible behavior. As parents we need to explain why those people would not be received well in everyday society.

Conclusion for the Importance of Good Manners

This goes beyond success at school. By teaching your child manners, you will strengthen his ability to make friends, to be accepted by classmates, to eventually be successful at work and to be successful in his/her own marriage.

Manners are a great value lesson that shouldn't be ignored!

Thank you, Debbie. Your post is a of great value. It shouldn't be ignored either.

Please connect with Debbie Jansen at: http://www.family-tracks.blogspot.com/

Now it's your turn. How do you prepare your kids for school success? Please answer in the comment link below.

Warmly,

Jean Tracy, MSS 

http://www.KidsDiscuss.com

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Parenting Solutions: 5 School Success Tips from an Expert Nanny

Today our 5 school success tips come from expert nanny, Olivia Tornai. Olivia believes in routine. Let's find out her tips.

School Success Blog Olivia Tornai

Olivia Tornai, Expert Nanny

5 Parenting Solutions for School Success:

In my experience as a Nanny over 20 years and a mother of 2, the most important tip is to create a healthy routine about:

1. Going to bed at night to rising up in the morning

2. Watching TV or/and computer time

3. Homework time

4. Relaxation and play

5. Family meals at regular times is also important.

There's your routine. You set the time for each and you'll have a routine that works for your family.

Thank-you, Olivia. This is really helpful.

Parents, you can connect with Olivia at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/professionalnanny

Now it's your turn. How do you prepare your kids for school success? Please answer in the comment link below.

Warmly,

Jean Tracy, MSS 

http://www.KidsDiscuss.com

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4 School Success Solutions That Turned Low Achieving Schools Around

How to turn low achieving schools into high achieving schools is our guest expert, Shoshana Hayman's topic. Read on to find her simple yet amazing solutions for school success.

School Success Shoshana Hayman

Shoshana Hayman, School Expert

I'd like to share 4 practices that were put into place in one school that had a low achievement record. Within 3 years after these practices were applied, the school's achievement records were among the highest in the state.

4 School Success Solutions:

1. Every teacher made sure to smile and say good morning to each and every one of his or her students, every day.

2. The teachers refrained from saying anything negative about any of the students to each other in the staff room.

3. If any student was absent, the teacher would call home to speak to the student personally and express his caring.

4. Any achievement (not only scholastic) was recognized by the teacher who would inform the principal. The principal would seek out the student to shake his hand, express his congratulations, and share the news with the parents of the student.

Results for These School Success Solutions:

These practices simply created a warm and friendly atmosphere in the school, with a lot of smiling faces and inviting eyes. They created strong attachments between the teachers and students, teachers and parents, and parents and students.

These practices are called "collecting," "bridging," and "matchmaking." They go a long way in creating an attachment village for students, giving them a secure base from which they can venture forth in their learning.

Wow Shoshana! These are terrific! Thank you for sharing because this is just what low achieving schools everywhere need.

Parents and teachers, you can connect with Shoshana at: http://www.lifecenter.org.il/english.php 

Now it's your turn. How do you prepare your kids for school success? Please answer in the comment link below.

Warmly,

Jean Tracy, MSS 

http://www.KidsDiscuss.com

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Parenting Advice for School Succes from an Expert Teacher

Today's parenting advice for school success comes from expert teacher, Karyn Hodgens. She gives common sense solutions every parent can easily put into practice. Let's find out what she advises.

School Success Blog Karyn

Karyn Hodgens, Expert School Teacher

Karyn Hodgens

As a parent and an elementary school teacher these would be my top 3 tips:

1. Successful Dinner Discussions:
 
Each school night ask your kids to describe one thing they learned or studied in school. This shows you're interested in what's happening at school. It also serves as great reinforcement and can be the springboard to some really great discussions.

As much as you can, try to share examples from your life. Kids love this! And, although I titled this 'Dinner Discussions', it can be done in the car, while putting the groceries away, etc.

2. Successful Parent Participation:

There are a myriad ways parents can get involved in the school environment. PTA/PTO is one, if you have the time, as well as volunteering in the classroom.

But there are other ways for busy parents to participate. Perhaps cutting construction paper in the evening for an art project or making a few phone calls to help organize a field trip.

Your involvement helps underscore that education is something to be valued. And this can go a long way in helping your child be successful in school.

3. Successful Habits:

Plenty of sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet help the learning process. I'm also a big believer in drinking water throughout the day which, research shows, can help the brain function better.

Thank-you, Karyn. I like your variety and know your tips will help parents raise successful children.

Parents, you need to connect with Karyn at this great website.

http://www.familymathnight.com/

 

Now it's your turn. How do you prepare your kids for school success? Please answer in the comment link below.

Warmly,

Jean Tracy, MSS 

http://www.KidsDiscuss.com

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How Do Sleep, Food, and Parental Involvement Create School Success?

How do sleep, food, and parental involvement create school success? Our parenting expert, Dr. Maureen Dougherty will tell us how.

School Success Blog Maureen Dougherty, Psy.D

Maureen T. Dougherty, Psy.D.

"I was a stickler for sleep! Even if my kids came to me at bedtime, suddenly remembering an assignment they had due for the next day...oh, well!

Sleep is paramount in so many respects (INCLUDING memory and learning), "I guess you'll just have to suffer the consequences of not turning it in on time." I believe it only happened once each with my two kids.

Not only did I try to feed them healthily, obviously, but we happened upon what is called the Reinald Program for ADD, as an alternative to meds. It takes out all foods (and other products that can be absorbed in through the skin) that contain: artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, as well as salicylic acid.

About 2 weeks of this, then you slowly start adding the natural foods with salicylic acid in them back in one-by-one.

We were definitely sensitive to the artificial stuff & it sent my son into outer space! However, he is currently a graduate student in chemistry in an Ivy League school, so something must have gone right.

Lastly, I made sure I was as involved as I could be, without being a "helicopter" parent. We volunteered when they needed parents; we donated time and we made sure the teachers, staff and administration knew our faces."

Thank you, Maureen, I appreciate your great advice. Many parents will profit from your ideas.

You can connect with Dr. Maureen at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/maureen-t-dougherty-psy-d/26/864/a04

 

Now it's your turn. How do you prepare your kids for school success? Please answer in the comment link below.

Warmly,

Jean Tracy, MSS 

http://www.KidsDiscuss.com

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