Communication Corner: Here’s to a Successful School Year!

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Can you hear them?

The school bells are ringing!  If not yet, then very soon.

Parents and children alike are worrying.  Will this be a good year for my child? Will this be the year they start to like school–be successful in school? Or will it be like last year? Not so  happy–not so good–not so successful.

As a teacher/speech pathologist for more than 30 years, I’ve seen a lot of changes in the schools. Some are good and some are not so good, but one thing has remained constant throughout the years. Most parents want their child to be happy and successful in school. Here are a few tips to get you on the right track

1. BE INVOLVED. As a parent you have more influence on your child than you think. If you show your child that you think school is important by attending school activities, volunteering, helping with their homework, then chances are they will think it’s important as well. Even something as simple as asking what they learned that day can have a positive impact on your child’s  attitude.

2.  BE AWARE.  When it comes to your child and school, you need to be aware of any problems that might  be occurring. One way to do that is to have open communication with the teacher and others when necessary. Most schools have a way for you to contact teachers through email now so that you don’t have to rely on passing notes through your child.

3. BE OPEN. No parent wants to hear that their child is struggling in school, but it happens. Be open to solutions. Most likely, your child’s teacher isn’t picking on them.  They want  your child to succeed just as you do. Be receptive to their advice as well as sharing some of your own thoughts and ideas with them.

YOur turn! What other advice would you give to parents as they start a new school year?

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