Six Ways to Help Your Middle Schooler Start the Year Strong
It's a new school year! And if your middle schooler is like most, he could use a bit of help starting off on the right foot. Here are six simple things you can do to help your child get ready:
1. Be positive. Expect your child to do well, even if last year was difficult. Help him set realistic goals for this school year. Discuss how he'll reach them and show confidence that he will.
2. Establish ground rules. Restart important school habits, such as studying every day. Set firm limits on the amount of time your child spends watching TV, playing video games and browsing social media.
3. Give responsibilities. Recognize that your child is older and can do more things on his own. He might make his own lunches or take on a household project. Offer guidance instead of immediately solving problems for him
4. Ask about school. Spend a few minutes each day discussing schoolwork with your child. Choose something you both like to do and have some fun. Time together strengthens your bond and opens the doors of communication.
5. Make time. Schedule at least one night or afternoon each month just for you and your child. Choose something you both like to do and have some fun. Time together strengthens your bond and opens the doors of communication.
6. Get involved. Introduce yourself to teachers through emails and in person. Ask how you can help your child succeed. Teachers are eager to have your support!
Reprinted with permission from the Sept. 2014 issue of Parents Still make the difference!
Dr. Linda C. Wilson