After a year of online learning, kids are excited about going back to school but the transition from homeschooling to classroom learning can be nerve-wracking. Parents play a key role in their kids’ education. Even though teens are seeking more independence, they still need help and guidance to thrive in their high school years. Here are 5 ways that you can help your teens to smooth the transition back to school.
Ease Back to School Anxiety
Starting a new school year is exciting for most kids but at the same time, new teachers, new friends, new academic expectations can be stressful. As a parent, you can be supportive and listen to their worries. For example, if they are worried about their grades, help them identify their problems and come up with a solution together. It can be getting extra help from the teachers or trying a new learning method, such as project-based learning. Being there for your kids during challenging times is vital and can help strengthen the bond between you and your kids.
Participate in Back-to-School Night
Back-to-School preparation isn’t only about shopping for school supplies, it’s also about getting to know your kids’ new teachers, their teaching style, grading method, expectations and so on. Back-to-School night offers a fantastic opportunity for you to be more involved in your kids’ study so ask as many questions as you can, perhaps provide the teachers with more information about your kids such as their concerns, weaknesses, past academic performance, etc. All these will help them plan their teaching and adjust their strategy when needed.
Help Your Kids Get Organized
A cluttered living space can cause undue stress, this is the same for your kids’ room. Why not help them organize their desk and tidy their room together to give them a good start to a new school year? For example, you can prepare separate folders for different subjects, design and create a schedule with your kids, etc. Doing things together shows that you care, and they will also learn organizational skills from you.
Listen, Listen, Listen
It is not just the beginning of the school year that is stressful for the kids. Throughout the school years, they will face a lot of challenges. It is important that you let your kids know that you will be there for them whenever they need help. Don’t be afraid that they might find you annoying, a simple offer such as “I noticed that you look quite stressed lately, you can always come to me if you want to talk.” helps a lot.
Do a Test Run
If your kids are going to a new school, it is a good idea to check out the new school beforehand with your kids so they will have an idea how the new environment looks like. The test run can also help you estimate the time needed to go to school, figure out the best route and the best (and the alternative) way of getting there.
Change makes us nervous, but preparation will alleviate your as well as your kids’ worries. As parents, we should set a good example and show our kids that change is nothing they should fear. We should embrace the opportunity and the positivity a new beginning will bring. Don’t worry that your kids’ back-to-school anxiety lasts for a couple of weeks but if it continues, it’s a good idea to work with the school and find a solution that works for both your kids and the teacher.