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5 Tips to be Socially and Emotionally Ready for the First Day of School

Thursday, 15 August, 2019 - 12:55 am

Getting off on a positive start for a new school year will make the transition from summer much easier. Below are some tips to help make this as smooth as possible for you and your child.  

Progress Not Perfection 

If you focus on progress rather than perfection, you will show your children how improvement is more important than top grades. You can communicate realistic expectations to your child while understanding that mistakes and setbacks are normal. 

Be a Team Player  

Just as perfect grades shouldn’t be the goal neither should be winning. A competitive spirit has value in moderation. Kids need to know how to lose gracefully and how to operate as part of a team. 

Making Friends is a Skill 

Suggest your child pick five qualities they would want in a friend. You can refer back to this list when social issues arise during the year. 

Balance Makes Better

Keep extracurricular activities to a minimum. Allow space for the daily schedule, as well as downtime, and free play. Cognitive overload can impair kids’ decision-making abilities and can increase stress. 

Social Media and Your Child 

Social media plays a major role in kids’ lives and can be responsible for a lot of social pressure and stress. You can use the T.H.I.N.K. acronym. 

T - is it truthful

H - is it helpful 

I - is it inspiring

N - is it necessary 

K - is it kind


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