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First Day of School
The First Day is Tough Enough...Let's make it easy and fun
The first day is always the most unsure for kids. New school, new kids, new year, new teachers, and just new everything. For many young folks, it can be extremely overwhelming. So before you get them ready for school or even drop them off let them know some aspects that might not be soo bad.
Many teachers already know about the first day "jitters" and will try to make students feel as comfortable as possible. Point out some positive aspects that school offers to your kids and make them feel like it's a pleasure to be there. Let them know that their old friends will be there and who knows you may even make more friends who have more in common with you. Talk about some positive memories from previous years that will ease the pressure off. Remember the first day of school when you were soo nervous, but you came home wanting to go back to school. Might not seem like much but it is everything to them at this stage. Many parents have such a hectic work life and have their kids ride the school bus. Why not drive them on their first day to make it superficial and have more bonding time?
Class is in Session!
How do you travel?
Go Over Some Basic School Traveling Rules
Some parents would prefer to have their children ride the school bus. Which is perfectly fine, but lets make sure they have some guidelines down before they enter those bus doors.
- Make sure they wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching on the curb. Also, tell/show your kids where the safest locations are to access the bus or school building.
- Let your children know that it's unsafe to move around inside of the school bus.
- Practice looking both ways before crossing the street to get to the bus as traffic sometimes will not stop.
Or, if you're like my folks and prefer to use a family vehicle that's great as well. Not only does it bring family closer, but gives kids a sense of security. Just to be safe you will need to go over some safety on riding in the vehicle to school.
- Every ONE wears a seat-belt! No Exceptions! And make sure proper age groups are in car seats etc.
- If your child is between 8-12 years of age and is about 4' 9'' in height they must be seated in a belt-positioning booster seat. This is a must do until the vehicle's seat-belt fits properly.
- Teens are more likely to be driving to and from school and many crashes occur this way. Talk to your teen about driving safety and know the rules of the road. No eating, texting, phone conversations, or anything that will take your attention off of the road. This will give you the peace of mind and your teen will have prevented injury on the road.
Many kids might live closer to the school than others. This is also a great way to get some exercise in for your kids, if they don't get any already. Check out some cool bicycle safety rules to take them on the right road.
- It doesn't matter if they are a short-while away or a long-way away. Make sure your kids wear their safety helmet.
- Always ride with traffic on the right-hand side.
- Teach them the appropriate hand-signals.
- Obey traffic lights and signs.
- Wear bright colored clothing to keep visibility for your kids and other drivers.
Why not get a good walk in this morning they sun is shiny and the birds are singing. Make sure to keep these in mind for your little one as they head out the door to school.
- Your kids route to school must be a safe one. And adult crossing guards must be available at every intersection.
- Have your children walk to school with others from the neighborhood. Or perhaps have a group of children following a well-trained adult to and from school. It's almost like a "walking school bus" to ensure safety of your children on their route to school.
- Consider your child's age and pedestrian awareness. If they are small children they are less cautious around traffic and easily distracted. Make sure they are ready and be realistic when making this decision.
Teachers are Awesome!
Don't be the Victim of Bullying
How prepared are you for school?
Be Aware of Bullying
Bullying is everywhere in general. Parents may not see this because it is mostly online and in school. This abuse can be verbal, emotional, physical, and social. When kids pick on other kids it is repetitive and can have a tremendous effect on your children. Look at some of the signs and how to deal with them in your home.
When your kid is bullied
- Make sure they know how to stand tall and walk away.
- Say in a firm voice "I DO NOT like what you are saying!"
- Teach them how to trust and let an adult know when their being picked on.
- Monitor your child's social media and phone messages to make sure things don't get out of hand.
When your kid IS the Bully
- Tell them that bullying is NEVER OK.
- Set limits and provide punishment(non physical) for aggressive behavior, such as removing privileges.
- Be a positive role model. Let them know that they can get what they want when they are nice to others.
- Talk to counselors, teachers, or the principal to see if counseling or help may be offered.
When your kid is a bystander
- Tell your children not to laugh or even partake in bullying just tell an adult.
- Encourage them to join the cause. To stop bullying in schools join a group and partake.
- Help your kids support other children who are bullied. Make sure they are included in group activities.
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- Make the first day easier.
- Teach them safe Travel Rules.
- Know about bullying.
After School Relax and Finish Homework
It feels like that time of year again when algebra questions arise and new research papers are assigned. Never fear because you have set time aside after school at home or at daycare to make sure they have time for homework. This must be a quiet place with no distractions or noises around so they have all of their focus and attention on the work that has been assigned to them. Provide them with research tools and show them how to collect data for projects. Who knows maybe you'll learn something new?
All of these guidelines and rules are imperative information for you and your children. Practice this every day and the school life can be so much easier on yourselves and your kids. Prepare them for their futures and make sure they enter those doors with a smile ear to ear. Keep learning and Loving.