What you do as a parent can make a big difference in your child’s life…
- Be timely and set a good example by making sure your child gets to school on time. Riding the bus provides your child the opportunity to develop good habits such as being on time for school, developing friendships, and adjusting to the school year. This important routine will help your child develop a Positive Attitude toward school!
- Make sure your child knows that you do not approve of them missing school.
- Tell your child how important you think a good education is and that you want them to do well in school.
- Take an interest in your child’s school and activities at school. Ask your child about their day.
- Plan a time for homework and help your child with homework when needed.
- Praise your child when they do well in school and other activities.
- Get to know your child’s friends and classmates. Children need friendships. Lack of friends or friendship problems are reasons children do not want to go to school.
- Keep open communication with your child’s teacher.
- If your child tells you they are “bored” at school, make an appointment to talk with their teacher(s) to find out what they see happening at school.
- Help your child to get tutoring with subjects that they may be having difficulty with.
- Help your child develop good study and work habits.
- If your child makes excuses or “hates” school, listen to them to find out what the underlying problem is and then meet with the school.
- Develop a routine in the home. Have a regular bedtime and curfew for your child on school nights.
- Talk to your child about the future and their goals for school and career.
- Listen to your child when they tell you of a worry or problem they have at school. Encourage your child to seek help rather than trying to figure out what to do all by themselves. Remind your child of all the helpers they have-parents, teachers, guidance counselors, etc.
- Help your child to see themselves as capable of solving problems. Help them practice ways to solve problems.
- Let your child see you handling job stresses and parenting responsibilities in healthy ways.
- Take a parenting class or seek out counseling services as needed.
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