Preparing For A New School Year
There is no getting around it: just because your child's New School Year has started doesn't mean parenting stops.
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If you want your child to succeed in school you still have to play an advocating role. Sometimes for your child sometimes for your child's teacher to your child.
Every country is different however I suspect that my above premise is true no matter where your child is educated.
I'm reasonably sure that if I were to add up the hours that my wife and I spent dealing with our children's issues associated with the school it would add up to another part-time Job per child and we had 4 of them.
We may have been more "hands-on" than other parents but there is a lot to deal with when it comes to educating children: homework, notes from teachers; interpreting notes from teachers; grievances of children towards teachers; grievances of children to other students and many other things.
Wise Parents Prepare Their Children For a New School Year
What does this have to do with Self Defense? Well, whilst it is not a preparation for physical confrontation, at least one hopes not, I always felt that getting ready for school was very like a self-defence program. That is because any good program requires planning and preparation and that is exactly what wise parents do; they prepare their children.
As every parent prepares their children for a new school year there is always plenty of advice. I, therefore, hesitate to offer this little tidbit but just in case it helps someone I received this article in my email from a very trusted people called "Starting-the-School-Year---The-Kidpower-Way--Seven-Steps-to-A-Positive-Experience"
It does just what it says and offer Seven ways to help you, child, safely adjust to the school year. The advice is simple and easy to put into action:
- Take a realistic look at your child's emotional school-readiness.
- Be clear about both safety and learning expectations.
- Make a plan for potential problems.
- Stay in touch with what is going on.
- Offer support to your child's teachers and schools.
- Prepare your children to set boundaries and to advocate for themselves.
- Advocate for your children when things go wrong.
Even if any of these sound the slightest bit complicated trust they are not. Read the article and try them.