10 Steps to making Back-to-School Easy(ier)

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on 10 Steps to making Back-to-School Easy(ier)

Declaration_of_Independence 10 Steps to Making Back to School Easy(ier)

 For your child to be the best they can be, they need to learn effective communication skills, AND will learn this instinctively through their role models  SO be authentic in your own role modelling, use collaborative parenting and effective communication skills to demonstrate the behavior expected.

Children are very quick to pick-up when an adult is doing one thing and saying another, (this causes confusion and often anger).
What you demonstrate is more important than what you say.

1. Make it fun! (Anger scares a child and inhibits the growth of their confidence and learning skills)

2. Be well organised, have uniforms books and food boxes available early so the child can take ownership and become familiar with them.

3. Communicate with the child about what to expect AND what is expected of them. Explain clearly that in life they will be Rewarded of constructive behavior and will lose out in the long-term for destructive behavior. Cause and effect

4.Collaborate with the child over anything they have a choice in; seek their thoughts and opinions then discuss the pros &cons of the choices.

5. Keep their diet healthy with plenty of fresh food and water and supplement with good quality cellular nutrition.

6. Establish healthy sleep patterns well before school starts, so that the bedtime routine is set up.

7. Ask questions about the child’s feelings and concerns, then address these concerns constructively with ‘adult explanations” (don’t just dismiss them).

8. Express confidence in their abilities to be successful, especially in regard to the new friends and relationships they will be making (a child who can build relationships easily, very rarely has problems academically).

9.Be patient! First time experiences for young children mold their perceptions and expectations of life. So communicate clearly (and encourage ‘feeling communication’ from the child), to work through their concerns and fears.

10. Make it fun, happy and relaxed; as a child will respond to positive happy experiences AND learn to see life as an experience to be enjoyed, not a challenge to be survived.

Jennifer Child Calm Program www.mentoronline.com.au