Top 5 Tips for a Successful School Year

Top 5 Tips for a Successful School Year

Posted on September 4 by Michael Reist
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1. Get to know your child’s teacher. Don’t wait until there are problems. Establish a rapport early on, so that if you do need to talk to the teacher about anything more serious, you will be talking to someone you know and get along with.

2. Always be on the side of the child. When your child expresses frustration, boredom or anxiety, don’t take the side of the school against the child. You are always the child’s ally, providing coaching and strategies but most importantly affirmation. I hear you.

3. Have a routine. Have backpacks and clothes ready the night before. Do homework at the same time and place every night. Bedtime rituals such as a snack, teeth brushing, pyjamas, bath, reading with Mom or Dad are all visual and tactile cues that signal it’s time to “come down.”

4. Have a family policy around screen time. No electronics until homework is done. No electronics in bed. Recharge devices overnight in Mom and Dad’s room. Two one-hour sessions of screen time would be a reasonable maximum between getting home and bedtime.

5. Read to your kids! The printed word still rules at school. Only 21% of children in grade 3 report that they read together with a parent on a regular basis. Reading together is bonding and stimulates the parts of the brain that screens don’t.

Michael Reist

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Michael Reist

Michael Reist is an internationally recognized advocate for men and boys. As a mentor to hundreds of men and boys over the past two decades, he is aware of the deep questions and issues facing men today. He is the author of several books, including Raising Boys in a New Kind of World and Raising Emotionally Healthy Boys. Michael lives in Caledon East, Ontario.