Your Child Succeed Academically:
• Develop and implement a consistent homework place and time. Young children may need you to sit with
them for help and support, but most children can begin to develop independence
with homework if an adult is present and available rather than sitting beside
• Check the assignment book and see that
assignments are completed.
• Do not
give extra work or practice without the teacher’s recommendation. Contact your child’s teacher if homework is
taking an unusually long time for your child to complete. Praise effort, not perfection.
• Keep track of your child’s long-range assignments and test dates and offer
support in completing projects and studying for tests. Keep your expectations realistic.
• Encourage your child to read, read, read,
Your Child Succeed Socially:
• Arrange to have your child get together with old friends but do not be
alarmed if old friendships fade away; this is normal.
• Encourage and facilitate your child’s new friendships but be patient, and help
your child to be patient as well.
Friendships take time and effort to establish. Identify at least one classmate your child would like to befriend. Discuss and practice ways to make friends and be a good
Your Child Manage Stress:
• Expect your child to be under a fair amount
of stress at the beginning of a new school year. This is normal.
your child is getting MORE sleep (#1 reason for difficult adjustments is too
little sleep), good nutrition, and enough exercise in addition to some “down
• Talk to your child about school and be
available to listen, but don’t interrogate him/her about every detail of the
• Resist the impulse to jump in and fix every problem for your child. Brainstorm possible solutions with your child
but let your child learn to cope with changes and problems as well.
your home routine as structured, predictable, and consistent as possible. September and even early October are
not ideal times for vacations, late night activities, changing bedrooms, or
home remodeling projects.
• Be careful that your child does not hear your anxieties about the school
year. Critical comments about the
teacher, homework, or your child’s classmates will make your child more
your child’s teacher and counselor if your child is experiencing a great deal
of stress (e.g., not acting like him/herself, stomachaches on school days, extremely fearful or upset about
school). While some stress is
normal, your child shouldn’t be paralyzed by it.
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