The end of summer means going back to school, or starting school for the first time, for many children. In addition to the usual social and educational stresses of going to school, kids are faced with many other issues, including drug use, violence, suicide and bullies.
It is also a good idea to regularly talk with your child about how school is going. Regular communication will help you to recognize problems early, before they get out of control and when it is easier to intervene.
What happens during breaks, such as recess, lunch and in between classes? Breaktime is when children are most likely to be unsupervised and when problems are likely to occur, so asking open ended questions about what happens during these times may help you to recognize problem behaviors.
Working parents with school-age children live each day with three days packed in: a school day, a workday, and a family day. During the school day, you are kept busy with activities from taking children to school and help them with homework and projects, to volunteering in their classrooms and helping them selling cookies. During the workday, you do what you do for living. During the family day, you run the household by taking care of laundry, bills, grocery, cooking, cleaning etc. etc. Whether you have hired help and whether you have spouses or partners to share the responsibilities certainly make a difference, but on average, your day is jammed and your stress level is high. It is hard to balance everything. It is especially hard to, on top of everything, still keep in touch with what goes on in your kids’ world and keep a constant communication with them.
Three areas are key. One, parents need to learn how to manage stress for themselves. Two, parents, together with educators, need to know the areas that school kids are most likely to need help and guidance. Three, parents should be informed with facts about today’s schools.
Back-to-school time can be stressful and overwhelming for parents financially, emotionally and physically. Parents are expected to meet the demands of a new school year, which includes buying uniforms and supplies, as well as meeting the emotional needs of their children.
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