How To Ensure Your Children Have A Productive Year

How To Ensure Your Children Have A Productive Year

How to ensure your children have a productive year.

We begin the school year with blank notebooks, pages fresh and clean. Backpacks are free of crumbs and leaked box drinks. Children wake up early in anticipation. We try to get to school a bit before the morning bell and start the year off on the right track.

"You can believe that most teachers would go the extra mile and extend to your child an open heart.."

But slowly the familiar patterns start to appear. The kids are going to sleep way past bedtime, waking up with just a few moments to spare. A child leaves his notebook in school and must scramble to find a friend whose fax machine is working. Nights spent struggling over homework for hours, studying for tests left for the last minute, assignments forgotten, cliques and social politics – it feels as if we are going backwards instead of forward.

How can we make this year different from all the others? How can we take our hopes and wishes for positive change and turn them into a reality?

Transition between summer and school can be difficult for children – and for parents. Any change in life can bring nervousness, worry, and irritability. Children often have a hard time adjusting to new situations, unfamiliar teachers, and the more rigid schedule needed during the school year. When feeling overwhelmed, our kids may express their emotions through becoming argumentative, fighting more often with siblings, or withdrawing into themselves. And parents can find it difficult to keep calm and not lose themselves in anger when things don't go right.

Instead of just accepting that this is the way our home is meant to be, let us think about reachable goals that we can work on. When we create a plan, we can do away with unnecessary failures and strive to help our children feel and be more successful.

                                                                          

My 5 Parenting Goals

 

1. Keep My Eyes Open

Sometimes we notice that something does not feel right with a child but we get distracted. We are all very busy, it’s true. We have great pressures and responsibilities pulling us in too many directions. The child who seems a little ‘off’, not himself, snappy or more quiet than usual is trying to tell us something. But it is easy to tuck this information away in a back pocket and only realize that something is wrong when a crisis occurs. We then think back and recognize that the signs were there, we were just too preoccupied to pay attention.

Don’t allow problems with your child to fester and grow. Open your eyes and observe if a child seems sad, withdrawn, distant, more moody than usual, or angry. Recognize if there seems to be greater confrontation between this child and siblings, if friends stop calling or coming over, or if the child can’t seem to find his place in school. Because before you know it, half the year can go by and what could have been a small problem has now become a ‘situation’ that requires major time and investment and causes terrible aggravation.

 

2. Develop a Working Relationship with Teachers

Reach out to your child’s teachers before your child reaches ‘zero hour.’ Many parents feel as if teachers are their opponents and don't realize that we are are all here to try and help our children grow in the best way possible. If you think that there may be an issue, it is a good idea to set up a meeting with the teacher and ask how you can work in harmony. Too many parents call teachers to demand and accuse instead of saying that we would like to solve this problem together. Before going to the principal with a complaint, see if you can first diffuse the situation.

If there are any special concerns going on in your home, do not wait for the teacher to find out through your child’s acting up in class or failure to keep up with schoolwork and poor grades. When a grandparent falls ill, if there is a health issue, financial stress, marital upheaval, problems with siblings, or any other factor that may affect your child’s academic or social success, it would be wise to enlist your child’s teacher as your confidential ally and gain her/his understanding.You can believe that most teachers would go the extra mile and extend to your child an open heart.

 

3. Work on Social Skills

Help your child be successful this year by preparing him not just academically, but also socially. School is not simply about getting straight A’s, it is also about learning how to get on with others and knowing how to develop friendships. A child who is happy in school is a child who can focus on studying and doing well. He wants to be there and be a part of things. One who believes that school is all about academics and no social life unfortunately makes a big mistake.

How can we better teach our children social skills?

• Set rules and follow through with consequences when needed.

• Set routines for meals and bedtimes that establish stability.

• Develop your child’s ability to put himself in the shoes of others and grow more sensitive.

• Help your child learn how to express frustration, disappointment and anger without hurting others or retreating into sullenness.

• Establish basic rules of conduct: no hitting, kicking, biting, spitting, (no hands allowed), and no hurting others through our words.

 

4. Help Children Become Independent

 When children feel as if they are gaining skills and becoming self-sufficient, they grow more confident in their abilities. You will watch their self-esteem take off. Each year, every child should be able to point with pride to a newfound skill or added responsibility that comes with age. We can help our children grow independent and flourish by:

• Teaching our children to pick out their clothing, dress themselves as they grow older, tie their own shoes, pack school snacks, make lunches the night before, set their own alarm clocks instead of waking them up, and having children put away their books and organizing themselves.

• Allow a young child to complete puzzles and feed himself on his own and as he grows, to do his homework and projects by himself. It is much healthier to tell a child that you will check his work when he is done instead of sitting beside him and correcting the answers as he goes along. Book reports and science projects should not be parent’s homework.

• Have your child help around the house and gain responsibilities instead of waiting to be served. Some skills children can help with are putting away laundry, setting and clearing the table, helping to serve guests, baking, cooking and keeping their room in order.

 

5. Communicate with Each Child

 Our children should never be afraid to speak with us. No matter how tough the topic, even if they messed up badly, they should not fear that we will hate them or want to close the door on them. Our love must be unconditional. True, there may be consequences or emotions of disappointment, but they must know that we are here for them. After all, we are their parents and if they cannot believe in our love for them, whose love can they believe in? Work on communicating with your child this year. I am not just speaking about when you must call him in with a problem like failing grades or after you received a call from his teacher. I am talking about daily interactions where you share a smile, a good word, a laugh, a story, or a meal together. The main thing is that you put the time and energy in so that he knows that he matters in your life.

• Talk to your child every day-even if it’s just for a few minutes.

• Put down your iPhone , turn off your laptop when your child (or you) return home, at mealtimes and story times, and when you pick your child up from school. Look at him and make eye contact while having a conversation.

• Speak to your child in the tone and with the words that you wish he would use with others.

• Express your love every day, no matter how tough the day. I know that some days will bring unforeseen difficulties and that some children seem more challenging than others. But at least we will know in our hearts that we have tried our best to help our children navigate the road of life successfully.

Share this Post

About the Author

Chidananda Gowda Chidananda Gowda

Chidanand is the director & founder of Inspiro International Pre-schools. Hehas completed his MBA with Marketing as his specialization. He has worked extensively in the Banking and Oil & Gas Sectors.

comments (263504)

Speedycash
Speedycash - November 14, 2018

loans online instant approval sba loan instant loans online best online loans instant approval best payday loans online short term payday loans online no credit check a payday loan best loans for bad credit loans with monthly payments best bank loans loans bad credit

auto club insurance
auto club insurance - November 14, 2018

usaa quote usaa auto insurance quote usaa insurance usaa auto insurance quote wells fargo auto insurance wells fargo auto insurance wells fargo auto insurance car insurance comparison site gap coverage auto gap insurance for cars gap insurance for cars gap insurance for cars auto owners ins auto-owners insurance aarp car insurance quote auto owners insurance reviews

Buy An Essay Paper
Buy An Essay Paper - November 14, 2018

do my homework for me do my homework for me statistics homework help homework help online essay writing draft richard marius writing essays writing essays essays essay writing help write essays for scholarships essay writing cheap essay writing professional article writing services proposal writing wedding speech writing service paper writing service writing narrative essays buy essay essays online buy essays

cole haan shoes outlet
cole haan shoes outlet - November 14, 2018

https://www.truereligionoutlet.store discount true religion jeanshttps://www.cheaptruereligion.online buy true religion onlinehttps://www.truereligiononline.store true religion jeans storehttps://www.berghausoutlet.cc berghaus outlethttps://www.berghausonline.cc buy berghaus jacketshttps://www.berghausstore.cc berghaus outlet storehttps://www.berghaussale.cc berghaus for salehttps://www.viviennewestwoodonline.cc vivienne westwood shoes onlinehttps://www.viviennewestwoodsale.cc vivienne westwood on salehttps://www.viviennewestwoodoutlet.cc vivienne westwood outlet onlinehttps://www.viviennewestwoodstore.cc vivienne westwood storehttps://www.birkenstocksale.cc birkenstock on salehttps://www.birkenstockoutlet.cc birkenstock outlet onlinehttps://www.birkenstockonline.cc buy birkenstock shoeshttps://www.birkenstockstore.cc birkenstock storehttps://www.fjallravensale.cc fjallraven salehttps://www.fjallravenoutlet.cc discount fjallraven onlinehttps://www.fjallravenonline.cc fjallraven onlinehttps://www.fjallravenstore.cc fjallraven store onlinehttps://www.lafumasale.cc Lafuma on salehttps://www.lafumaoutlet.cc discount Lafumahttps://www.lafumaonline.cc Lafuma onlinehttps://www.lafumastore.cc Lafuma online storehttps://www.milletsale.cc Millet for salehttps://www.milletoutlet.cc Millet outlet onlinehttps://www.milletonline.cc buy Millethttps://www.milletoutletstore.cc Millet store onlinehttps://www.mountainhardwearsale.cc cheap Mountain Hardwear salehttps://www.mountainhardwearoutlet.cc discount Mountain Hardwear onlinehttps://www.mountainhardwearonline.cc buy Mountain Hardwearhttps://www.mountainhardwearstore.cc Mountain Hardwear outlet storehttps://arcteryx.francarrilloguerrero.com arcteryx pro dealhttps://arcteryx.hawksportsind.com arcteryx ski jackethttps://arcteryx.ttravelmint.com arcteryx ca 34438https://arcteryx.websila.us arcteryx clearancehttps://arcteryx.vidaaposvinte.com arcteryx atom lt hoody women\'shttps://barbour.vidaaposvinte.com discount barbourhttps://barbour.francarrilloguerrero.com cheap barbourhttps://barbour.websila.us buy barbourhttps://barbour.ttravelmint.com barbour salehttps://barbour.hawksportsind.com barbour outlet onlinehttps://belstaff.vidaaposvinte.com belstaff on salehttps://belstaff.francarrilloguerrero.com belstaff online storehttps://belstaff.hawksportsind.com belstaff outlet onlinehttps://belstaff.ttravelmint.com cheap belstaffhttps://belstaff.websila.us belstaff for cheaphttps://moncler.microfluidique.com cheap monclerhttps://moncler.francarrilloguerrero.com moncler jackets storehttps://moncler.hawksportsind.com moncler outlet onlinehttps://moncler.ttravelmint.com moncler on sale
cole haan shoes outlet https://www.colehaan.online

cheap reebok crossfit shoes
cheap reebok crossfit shoes - November 14, 2018

Im not able to enjoy this site properly on flock I think there is a problem.
cheap reebok crossfit shoes https://www.angigreene.com/reebok/

Getting A Loan
Getting A Loan - November 14, 2018

payday loans online same day payday loans instant payday loans payday loans online loans with no credit express payday cash fast online no credit loans online payday loans cash payday loans online payday loans online instant approval payday loans near me

Authentic new balance online
Authentic new balance online - November 14, 2018

I have been meaning to write something like this on my site and you have given me an idea. Cheers.
Authentic new balance online https://construmetria.com/new-balance/

Best Payday Loan
Best Payday Loan - November 14, 2018

loan without checking account loans loans loans explained payday online payday loans no credit check getting a loan loans no credit check bad credit loans guaranteed approval bad credit loans guaranteed approval online loans bad credit bad credit loans guaranteed approval payday loan online payday loans online payday loan online payday loan online installment plans fast cash advance online loans instant approval no credit check payday loans top payday loans direct payday loans online loans with bad credit loans with bad credit best payday loans online fast personal loans online guaranteed payday loans best payday loans 36 month loans advance loan payday advance loan payday advance cash loans no credit check loans no credit check loans with no credit loans no credit personal loans calculators online payday loan reviews payday loans payday loans

Bad Credit
Bad Credit - November 14, 2018

loans instant approval advance cash america online loans instant approval online loans instant approval payday loans online no fax payday loans same day payday loans no credit check instant payday loans payday advance advance payday loan payday advance payday advance

Payday Express
Payday Express - November 14, 2018

payday cash payday loans online payday loans online instant payday loans no credit check payday loans online loans bad credit instant approval best online loans instant approval instant loans online loans with bad credit need a loan with bad credit a loan with bad credit loans with bad credit payday advance loan payday advance advance payday loan payday advance online bad credit payday loans bad credit loans 3 month loans loan cash now direct lender payday loans best payday loans best payday loans online best payday loans online loans guaranteed approval payday loan loans with poor credit loans with no credit ez cash payday bad credit car loans payday loans no credit check no credit loans no credit loans loans with no credit personal loans with no credit online payday loans instant approval no fax payday loans payday loans payday loans online no credit check

< Prev1234...678910Next >

Leave a comment





  • logo
  •   No.369-D, 14th Main,
        Shantiniketan Layout,
        Near Sai Baba Temple,
        Arekere, Bannerghatta Road,
        Bangalore - 560076
  •   +91 9731444315
  • +91 9611491955
  • director@inspiropreschools.org

About Inspiro

Inspiro was born out of sheer passion for imparting an unparalleled educational experience for children of various age groups. We aim to provide a happy, safe and caring environment, free from prejudice and discrimination. We believe that every child is unique and our aim is to provide an invigorating and stimulating learning experience catering to each child's individual needs.


Read more