The 2018-2019 school year is here! Back-to-school time can mean a lot of changes for not only students and their younger siblings, but for parents and teachers as well. Students are turning in their pool days and playdates for homework time, sports practices, and other afterschool activities. Though the change in pace can bring stress to kids and their parents or caregivers, a new school year also brings new opportunities.
The Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement is sharing six tips for a safe and successful transition from summer break to the new school year.
- Take a few minutes before or after school starts to ask if your child is nervous or excited about school starting, if they feel safe in the classroom, and if there is something that they learned or want to learn.
- Build a parent-teacher relationship with open communication about skill building, appropriate developmental expectations, and helping your child regulate emotions and behaviors.
- Offer to help other parents. Carpooling to or from school can help take stress off parents who have hectic morning or afternoon schedules.
Practice self-care. Stretching, exercising, or mindful breathing can be the difference between a calm response to stress or a total meltdown.
- If your child is struggling with homework, don’t be overwhelmed if they ask you for help. Remember, your child looks up to you as their biggest supporter.
- If you need help or find yourself feeling overwhelmed, reach out to trusted adults in your community for help with chores, school activities, or child care.
“As another school year begins, the Kentucky PTA recognizes the importance of safe and stable homes and classrooms for children to learn and thrive,” said Heather Wampler, President of Kentucky PTA. “ We are proud to promote the Face It Movement which provides necessary supports for parents and teachers to help reduce stress and keep kids safe from abuse and neglect.”
About the Face It® Movement: The Face It Movement launched in 2013 as an initiative led by Kosair Charities in response to the number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth. Face It focuses on a three-pronged approach to addressing child abuse and neglect: promote best practices in child abuse prevention and intervention, build awareness and engage the community, and advocate for effective policies to improve the child welfare system. Learn more at faceitabuse.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @faceitabuse.
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