Prepare your children for school

With the lazy, summer days at an end, it is a great time to evaluate what we can do as parents to set our children up for success this school year.

With the lazy, summer days at an end, it is a great time to evaluate what we can do as parents to set our children up for success this school year.

Let’s take a look at common stressors for our kids: getting up early, peer pressure, struggles with schoolwork and homework.

We know we can’t eliminate these school essentials, but what can we do to limit their impact?

Having firm bed times really helps eases the inability to get up in the morning. Setting a firm bedtime, with the last half hour to read or have quiet time in their room sets the tone for a relaxing night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation is a big contributor to an inability to learn well.

Peer Pressure can’t be eliminated, but we can help our kids to feel confident with their own morals, decisions and beliefs in themselves.

Build them up every morning when they leave with positive statements such as; “You’re so good at making your own choices.” “You know what is best for you.” “Follow your instincts; if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it!” “You are smart, kind and a great student – I love you.”

Imagine if you were told these positive statements every morning of your life, what an impact they would have on your own self esteem and belief in yourself.

For kids, just knowing you love them and believe in them means so much as they go through their daily challenges. These challenges may not seem very big as a parent, but to a kid they are huge.

Peer pressure and having friends is one of the biggest struggles throughout their school years.

Add to the equation school work that is not being understood, tests and homework when all they want to do is have free time and be “somewhere else,” and you have a recipe for rebellion, skipping classes, grouchy kids and unsuccessful students.

How do you help your child through a learning challenge?

Talk to the teacher very early in year and let he/she know about your child’s difficulties.

You know your child best, so offer what worked in previous years as suggestions to set them up for success.

What modifications can be made in the classroom environment? Is there some extra work that you can do at home each night, a half hour of one on one help may be more than your child receives all day at school if they are in a typical large class setting. Sympathize with your child, as they need to feel understood, loved and not judged because of their learning challenge.

Help your child to study by asking aloud some questions that may be on the test (often teachers will give a study sheet).

Use times like driving to a sports activity, making a meal or cleaning up, for spontaneous quizzes. This really helps them to know which areas they need to focus their studying on.

As parents, we can enable our kids, or help to build them up with confidence and esteem to become independent thinking young adults able to face challenges and make productive, healthy decisions that are best for their growth and education.

• Back to School Wellness Seminar, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lacombe Chamber Commerce meeting room. $7 charge. Snack included. RSVP to jhlifestyles@yahoo.com

Lacombe freelance columnist Judy Holt is a wellness consultant and author of 1 Potato, 2 Potato, Couch Potato to You.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta recorded a single-day record of over 57,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered. (Photo courtesy Alberta Health Services Twitter)
Alberta hits daily record of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered

Central zone has administered 111,735 doses of the COVID-19

Alberta reported an additional 1,980 cases of COVID-19 Friday. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Red Deer adds 37th death from COVID-19, active cases drop

Alberta Health identified an additional 1,980 cases of the virus province-wide

Kris Sturgess with Calgary Ghostbusters. (Photo from GoFundMe)
GoFundMe account salutes Red Deer prop builder

Kris Sturgess died unexpectedly April 28

A rodeo south of Bowden drew a huge crowd on May 1 and 2, 2021. (Photo courtesy Mom’s Diner’s Facebook page)
FILE - A firefighter wears a mask as he drives his truck. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward, File
VIDEO: Flames rip through Edmonton-area seniors complex, but no fatalities

ST. ALBERT, Alta. — Fire has destroyed part of a retirement complex… Continue reading

Toronto FC coach Chris Armas talks with his players during a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Mexico's Cruz Azul at Azteca stadium in Mexico City, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Fernando Llano
Toronto FC coach Chris Armas returns to Red Bull Arena to face former team

Toronto FC coach Chris Armas returns to Red Bull Arena to face former team

Gymnastics Canada skipping Olympic qualifier because of COVID-19 concerns

Gymnastics Canada skipping Olympic qualifier because of COVID-19 concerns

Runner Melissa Bishop-Nriagu speaks to the media at the opening news conference at the Canadian Track and Field Championships, in Montreal, Thursday, July 25, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
After pregnancy, injuries and a pandemic, Bishop-Nriagu finally hitting her stride

After pregnancy, injuries and a pandemic, Bishop-Nriagu finally hitting her stride

Lille's Burak Yilmaz, center, reacts with teammates after scoring during their French League One soccer match between Lille and Nice in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France, Saturday May 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
Canada’s Jonathan David scores milestone goal as Lille moves 4 points ahead of PSG

Canada’s Jonathan David scores milestone goal as Lille moves 4 points ahead of PSG

Jean Carlo Salas of Costa Rica vies for the ball with Canada's Ian Bennett (right) during a CONCACAF Futsal Championship in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-CONCACAF-Norvin Mendoza MANDATORY CREDIT
Canada denied a trip to the FIFA Futsal World Cup in penalty shootout loss to Panama

Canada denied a trip to the FIFA Futsal World Cup in penalty shootout loss to Panama

Canadian Stephen Ames one shot back of leaders at Regions Tradition

Canadian Stephen Ames one shot back of leaders at Regions Tradition

Team Canada skip Kerri Einarson leaves the ice after defeating China at the Women's World Curling Championship in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 7, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Canada’s Einarson beats China 6-4, qualifies for playoffs at world curling playdowns

Canada’s Einarson beats China 6-4, qualifies for playoffs at world curling playdowns

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday May 4, 2021. A broad coalition of MPs from all five parties wants the federal government to support waiving the global rules that guard vaccine trade secrets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
As MPs urge support, Trudeau demurs on whether government backs COVID-19 waiver

As MPs urge support, Trudeau demurs on whether government backs COVID-19 waiver

Most Read