For all the flak we might give kids for saying their lives are hard, the fact is that school is not easy, nor are the things that children have to deal with while at school. It’s easy to forget how confusing and stressful being a kid and going through puberty can be — especially when our own school days are far behind us. That’s why we’ve come up with these five helpful tips to help your children deal with the stress of school.
Preparedness & Organization
One way to help your child stay on top of things is to help ensure that they have all of the school supplies and organization they need. Nothing is worse than needing something in the middle of the school day and not having it. A backpack with organizational folders, multi-subject notebooks, and a pencil bag are just a few ways to stay organized. Double check their school supply lists to make sure that they have everything they need, and feel free to contact their teachers to make sure they have everything they need to succeed.
Keeping Up in School
Keeping up in school can be a challenge, especially if your child struggles with a subject. If possible, limit the amount of time that your child has to miss school, especially during crucial periods, such as the end of a semester or testing periods. You should also take an active interest in making sure that your child is doing their homework and helping them with areas that they are struggling with. If your child doesn’t understand a subject, you need to focus on that, instead of spending all the time in the areas that they do well in. It may also be a good idea to talk to the teacher to understand how your child is doing in class and what the teaching process is. This is not an opportunity to criticize the teacher but to understand how you can support your student.
No amount of talking can prepare kids for the truly different experience they’ll have as they leave elementary school or middle school to move up. Maybe that’s why so many kids stress out when it comes time to “graduate” from one school to the next.
However, if you can help them understand what their educational experiences will be like, it will become less stressful. Take advantage of school tours, open houses, and other opportunities to prepare them for each new school year.
Discussing Puberty & Awkwardness
As your child gets older and starts puberty, school can become an added stress as well. Your child may be comparing themselves to their friends, or they be self-conscious about how they look. They will also begin to develop romantic relationships, which adds a whole different layer of stress. As a parent, you need to make sure that your child feels comfortable coming to you to talk about puberty and how they are feeling. If your child knows that you are a safe person to talk to, it will be much better for them.
While it may not seem completely related, when you have a happy, healthy kiddo at home, they tend to do better in school. Even if they start to falter, they know they can come and talk to you, and you can help them get the tutoring they need to catch up.