|Parenting and Behavioural Issues
: Preparing Children for School
A lot of the stress and anxiety (child and parental) can be avoided
or decreased if parents prepare themselves and their children
for the upcoming new school year. The most important thing is
to find out what is expected of your child and what the specific
new challenges will be. Knowing challenges your child will be
facing and discussing them before hand is a great preparation.
The more prepared a child, the less surprises there will be, ensuring
a smoother beginning. Some of the challenges or issues include:
A new school
First time going to school
First time on a school bus
What will the first few days ask of the child?
What is the schools philosophy? start right away with homework
or ease into assignments?
Parents of children with learning problems or other school related
difficulties should meet the teacher(s) and/or principal in advance
in order to:
Describe and discuss the problems and any anticipated difficulties
Agree to a joint plan on how to address the problems or difficulties
Make arrangements on how often the school will give you regular
feedback on the child's progress
Settle on how the school to home communication occurs logistically;
phone call? Or even a home/school notebook
It is best to have these plans worked out before school starts
or very early on in the new school year.
Getting enough sleep and eating a proper breakfast
It is important to ensure that children are well rested, have
had a good night's sleep and a good breakfast before starting
school. This of course important every school day, but especially
important during the first days back when children will need to
be as rested and relaxed as a possible. Tired children tend to
be more anxious, impatient and more easily upset and frustrated.
Medical check ups and chronic medical conditions or food
It is important that your child receives a medical check up before
school starts. During the evaluation a hearing and vision screening
should be done. The necessary immunizations or booster shots,
if needed, may also be given at this time. If a child has a chronic
medical condition requiring special attention at school, the administration
of medication at school or any limitation of a physical activities
make sure that you get all the proper paper work prepared by your
doctor so that the school can easily understand what is expected
of them regarding your child's medical needs and condition.
Similarly if your child had food allergies, it is important supply
to the school with the necessary medical documents describing
what to avoid and how to deal with accidental ingestion of a food
your child is allergic to. The school should always have an Epipen
or adrenalin injector (not expired) on hand that is easily accessible
at all times. The school personnel should all know how to uses
this medication in case of an emergency.
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The information provided in this site is
designed to be an educational aid only. It is not intended to
replace the advice and care of your child's physician, nor is
it intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. If
you suspect that your child has a medical condition, always
consult a physician.
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