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Parenting is never easy, but it has perhaps been more challenging than ever for some during the pandemic. As restrictions ease and children get used to being back at school, here are some tips to support your child.
Encourage open conversation
One of the best ways to support your child at school is to encourage and facilitate open conversation. Chat daily, catch up on what has been happening in classes and make sure your kids know that they can come to you if you have any questions or concerns. Take the time to listen to your child and let them talk if you sense that they have something on their mind. Make talking part of your dinnertime regime or take five minutes during the evening to check in and make sure that you’re up to speed.
Help out with learning
Some children find school much easier than others, but most will struggle at some point. There may be specific subjects they find difficult or topics or exam questions they can’t get their head around. Try to help out if you can, offer explanations and guidance and consider getting extra help, such as a private tutor if your child is falling behind, they lack confidence or they could do with additional support in core subjects. Be patient with your child and reassure them that there are solutions if they’re finding it hard to keep up.
Enjoy quality time together
Life can get hectic when the kids are back at school and you’re working long hours. Spending quality time together is beneficial for every family member. Use your evenings and weekends to hang out, de-stress, relax and have fun. From chilled out movie nights and Sunday lunches together to long walks or trips to the cinema, bowling alley or wildlife park, taking time out away from working and studying can lower stress levels and help everyone recharge their batteries.
Encourage socialisation outside of school
Some children waltz into school without looking back and they connect with others and make friends instantly, but for others, socialising can be a challenge. If your kids find it hard to forge relationships, or they’re shy or lack confidence in social settings, try and encourage socialisation outside of school. You could set up playdates or organise days out with a couple of the children they get on best with and gradually build up to larger groups as they become more confident. It can also be beneficial to ask your child if they want to join clubs, try different sports or take up new hobbies. Extra-curricular activities can provide opportunities to meet people with similar interests and make new friends.
It has been a topsy-turvy year for children of all ages and their parents. As kids adjust to life back at school, there are ways you can support your children and encourage them to get the most out of the time they spend in the classroom. Help out with learning where possible, encourage your kids to communicate openly with you, enjoy quality time as a family and have fun together outside of school.