As the school year begins, kids face new and different challenges.
The dawn of a new school year can be stressful for students and, inevitably, for parents as well! The charter school KIPP, which focuses on student achievement and empowerment, offers these tips for parents, as we help our kids navigate the social and academic difficulties of school. Giving kids the tools they need to be resilient when adversity strikes can ensure their success in the classroom, as well as later in life.
Dallas-Fort Worth’s Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) shares five of the most common issues students face—and how you can prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead:
1. Managing stress in a healthy way
Everyone faces stress, and your kids will, too. Establish schedules and routines, and then stick to them. Consistency and predictability will help control the environment and ease stress levels for the whole family.
2. Building and maintaining self-confidence
Identify students’ strengths to boost their confidence. Find out why they excel in one subject, and then apply that reason to areas where they may be struggling.
3. Handling rejection—and moving forward
As much as we hate to think about our children being rejected, at some point, it’s bound to happen. Create leadership roles at home, giving them the opportunity to learn how to handle failure in a safe place.
4. Being respectful
Be the example for your children. Modeling positive behavior shows them the proper way to treat and respect people.
5. Interacting with friends and adults, online and in person
Set clear boundaries on whom they should and should not be contacting, especially through social media. Teach students to be responsible for their actions.
From the October, 2014 issue of Live Happy magazine.