It’s back to school time! Students and adults approach this time of the year with a wide variety of emotions.
If you are a student, you might be excited to return to school, see your friends, and get ready for a Friday night ballgame. Or you may be a senior already counting the days until graduation.
If you are a parent, you might be excited to send the kids back so that your house might be a bit quieter. Or you may be nervous about the idea of your kindergartener going to school for the very first time.
Whatever your view, all of us would agree that a good education is important for future success. Everything from success in college to lifetime earnings are increased with a quality education.
Our schools play an important role and clearly the majority of responsibility for a child’s education lies with the school. But parents and guardians play a very important role as well. Working together, a strong school and supportive parents can make for a great year for our students.
If you are a parent, let me ask you to consider a few pointers on how you can help your child have a better school year:
1. Support your child’s schooling with your words. Your words are very important to your child and your child places a great deal of attention on what you say. When you talk about the importance of a good education and how important it is to do your best, your child is more likely to agree and act accordingly.
2. Let your child know that you want them to do their very best. There is a fine line between providing encouragement and putting too much pressure on your child. But if you expect average, children will deliver average. Expect their best and celebrate their successes.
3. Check on their work. Monitor their work online and through communicating with their teachers. If your child knows you are checking on them, they are more likely to complete their work.
4. Consider your child’s health habits. A healthy student learns more. Are they getting enough sleep? Are they eating the right kinds of food? Are they getting exercise after they get home from school?
5. Find something good to say to your child every day. There are some children who never hear their parents say anything positive about them. Don’t be that parent. If you have to err, err by providing too many positive “strokes” for your child. But regardless, find something every day to celebrate about your child’s experiences at school.
Your child’s year will start out just like every other child’s year. The slate is clear and so far they haven’t missed a day of school or messed up a single assignment. Be their best cheerleader so that they can end their note on an equally positive way. Give them your best and they will be their best.
Dr. Greg Murry is the superintendent of the Conway School District. He can be reached at email@example.com