Back to School: 4 Ways to Make Sure Your Children Thrive This Year

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School is back in session! As a parent, you always want your child or children to succeed in everything they do and school is the perfect example of that. It is not yourself sitting in the classroom, but there is quite a bit that you can do as a parent to help your children thrive in the school setting. Here are just a few examples of what you can do to make sure your children thrive this school year:

Create A Designated Homework Spot

Setting up a specific place in your home for your children to do their homework is extremely beneficial because they will not only have everything they need at their fingertips, but it will also give them a space to get away from everything in order to concentrate. Ideally, this place should be a quiet spot with good lighting, plenty of space for writing and doing projects, and even a computer, if needed.

In addition to creating a designated homework spot, you can also take it a step up and go over your child’s homework with them to make sure they understand it. Be available for them if they do not understand a question and if they are young enough, consider reading through each question with them and possibly even showing them how to do one or two problems (if they are struggling) to help them succeed with the rest. 

Develop A Good Relationship With Their Teacher(s)

Developing a good relationship with your child’s teacher is pretty important when it comes to their success because you are able to be more connected, in order to find out what your child needs to work on. Take the time to meet with them every once in a while because the better your relationship is with his or her teacher, the more likely it is that she or he will tell you if your child is struggling or not so that you can take action. 

Help Them Create A Schedule

One thing that a lot of children struggle with is creating a schedule for themselves to ensure that they are not only getting everything done, but also getting enough sleep (which is essential!). If they had it their way, they would play video games, text on their iPads or phones, or watch tv all night after school instead of getting anything done and going to sleep at a good time. Help your child out by making a schedule that works for them and you to make sure that they are getting a good night’s sleep. This is also so important for their overall health and wellness! 

Watch Out For Bullying

Spend time talking and connecting with your children so that you can learn about their day, friends, and experiences at school. A great place to start with this is by eating meals together as a family. The reason why this is a great place to start is because you are able to help them create good eating habits and in addition, research goes to show that children who eat together as a family are less likely to be involved with harmful substances and make other poor choices. Another perk of eating together is being able to see their behavior patterns. If you notice any abrupt change(s) in the way they act, chances are that they have stress in their life, no matter if it is bullying, school, or other potential stressors. Bullying is a huge issue in schools (and in general life) right now, so I believe that it’s very important to watch out for the signs.

If for any reason your child will not talk with you about their life, consider signing them up for family therapy. “Take the first step to a healthy relationship with all the members of your family and learn new ways to communicate and work through problems,” says Ray of Hope Counseling Services. Ray of Hope offers family therapy sessions at all of their facilities in Georgia (seven locations + online therapy!) and advises you to seek out professional counseling if your family is hard situations such as: difficulty functioning in your normal capacity, extreme emotional reactions, difficulty communication between each family member, isolation of one or more members of the family, patterns of violence, changes in the children’s behavior at home or school, and more. Ray of Hope Counseling Services is a group of Psychotherapists who provide individual therapy, couples counseling, and family therapy. They are dedicated to helping, healing, and strengthening individuals and families with all of life’s changes and challenges.

While there are many ways to make sure your children thrive in school, these are just a couple of my favorite ways! Do you have any other tips? I would love to hear them! 

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