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Talk To Your Child About His Day

All school-aged children are now back in school and are happy to be back into their school routine.  Many parents were counting down the minutes until the school bus arrived on the first day of school and were also happy or happier (?) to see the start of another school year.  Please remember that when your child comes back home at the end of a school day that he/she has much to share with you so please be ready to listen.  By that I mean, put down your iPhone, your iPad or get off of your computer and really listen.  Look at your child and give all of your attention to him/her.  You will be sending your child the message that you are really interested in what has happened to him/her in the 7-9 hours since you last saw each other.  Ask your child specific questions, listen to the answers.  Please don’t ask, ‘how was your day?’ or you will get ‘fine’ as an answer.  Sit with your child, share an after school snack and ask specific questions such as:

  • Who did you eat lunch with?
  • What specials did you have today?
  • What story did your teacher read to you today?
  • What were you working on in math today?
  • Did you read with the teacher today?
  • What were you writing about in your journal today?

You will get much more information about your child’s day when you ask specific questions and your child will be happy to share information about his/her day.  Do this everyday and if you don’t see your child immediately after school, talk about his/her day while you prepare dinner or while the family eats dinner together.  These are the days that will be making memories for your child about his/her childhood…..help make the memories special by sharing time and talking with your child.

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First Day of School

Well you have prepared and prepared and you think that there can’t possibly be anything left to do to get ready for the first day of school for your child.  You have shopped for supplies, bought a new backpack, bought new school clothes, gave your child a new haircut and now you are ready.  So you think, ..  but are you? Are you really ready?  Have you thought about how your child will get to school?  Will you allow your child to ride the bus to school?  I hope the answer is yes.  The best way to start the school year is with the bus, because I speak from years of observing parental behavior, once you become a taxi for your child, it is almost impossible to switch him/her to the bus. School buses are a safe way to travel to and from school and many of your child’s friends will be on the bus as well.  IF, and that is a big IF, if you decide to drive your child and deliver him/her to his/her classroom on the first day, your job is to give a hug, then give a kiss and then say good bye and leave.  When you hover and watch and wait for possible reactions from your child, he/she will get the message that you anticipate him/her needing you.  Look around, most of the other parents will not be there and your child will be just fine with the teachers.  Your child will either walk in very confidently, or be a little emotionally needy.  Believe me, those first day jitters are mostly a show for Mom and Dad, and the minute that Mom or Dad walk away, the children usually settle right in.  Get ready, your child AND you are in for a wonderful year together in school, let those wings start to grow on the very first day.

 

Re-posted from August 2009

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