Whether your child is just finishing a year at school or you have one about to start a new school, you might be looking for ways to ensure that the next school year is a positive one and one where your child will thrive. Remember that it can be hard for them, at school age they don’t know much else about life, they don’t understand that this is a fun time of their life but also an important one. They don’t realize that there are children all over the world who would give anything for the opportunity to go to school and that education is a gift and a luxury. However, there are some things you can do to help your child make the most out of school:
While it’s important not to be pushy as a parent and not to interfere too much with your child’s life, at the same time you need to show your child that you care and support them. Make sure you’re there for the significant bits, for the parent/teacher meetings, for the assemblies you can attend, for the sports days and the plays. This is not only a great way to show you’re kids that you’re there and support them, but it’s also great for you to meet people and other parents. Volunteering when there is an opportunity too is also a good thing to do, whether it’s organizing or working at fundraising activities and other special events, like bake sales, car washes, and book fair, or chaperoning school trips or giving a talk for a careers day. It shows your commitment, and it also indicates to the teachers that you’re on the ball and knows what’s going on in and out of the school. If you have your own business or work for a local business, get them involved too with companies like End Zone Athletics who create items like t-shirts, rally towels, banners and more, and work with local businesses to coordinate sponsorships meaning that there is no cost to the school, and valuable sports marketing for small businesses in the community.
Be On Top Of Things
If you can’t be there at events, make sure you make time to ask about school with your child. You don’t need to know everything, but it’s good to have an idea of what’s going on, but for them as well it’s nice to see that you take an interest in what’s happening in their lives. Make sure that your kids know that when they get home from school, homework must be done. Show them how important it is to get homework done and to see it as a priority. Help them out where they can and if it’s a project and something you can give advice on then it can be fun to work on it together. Teach your child how to be organized at home so they can take these skills with them to school without even realizing it.