Back to school

New backpack? Check

New lunch box? Check

New friends? Check,  and sometimes double-check.

There is nothing better than a new school year. I really think there ought to be a candle scent called “School Supplies”. I would buy it! With as much promise as a new school year holds, there are also a few things parents need to be aware of, and to have on their radar.

Be sure you allow for plenty of time to listen to all that your child is trying to tell you about school. That means listening for new words and attitudes that they may have picked up along the way. Every family does things a little differently, and that is A-OK, but this gives you a time to reinforce your family values in a positive way. Staying positive about the new school year is key to your child’s attitude about these challenges.

If possible invite his/her new friends over, and get to know their parents in easy settings. If your child is invited over for a play date, it’s important to check out the tv/computer  rules that will apply. Guidelines that you have for your child should be respected by the other parents.  The safety of your child requires that you gut it up sometimes and kindly ask the tough questions.

Assume the best, but go ahead and get things out in the open, “I assume you will be home the whole time?”, or  “We try to limit TV time, and options, what about you all?”,  or “We stay on top of where our children go on the internet, so she is limited to some pretty specific sites.”

Dorky parent? Maybe.  About as dorky as the one who insists on seat belts.

Higher math, a new teacher, a different schedule. Your children need an attentive loving parent in their corner, and lucky for them, they have you!

3 Responses so far »

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    Anna said,

    Great reminder, Mary Flo! We definitely need to ‘get over ourselves’ in order to keep our kids safe.

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    Dotsy said,

    Such timely advice—will be sending this entry to Molly & Corey and Buddy & Day.

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    Linda R. said,

    Well said Mary Flo! I’d buy the Crayola crayon candle. 🙂

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