Despite all of the best research and preparation in the world, sometimes children don’t transition well into the new secondary school. It’s a nightmare to see a child come home from school looking lost and unhappy. We all want children to be excited about this new stage in their education. Fortunately, parents can do a lot to change this upsetting situation.
Fitting in with other children and friendship groups is one of most important aspects of supporting children’s wellbeing at primary school.
But some children have more hurdles to jump over than most.
The following question was posed recently from a concerned mum.
“We want our son to fit in and make friends when he starts prep next year. He is a happy, confident child but our concern is that he has a large birth mark on his face. Lucas accepts this completely but should we warn him that some children at school might be mean to him? We are concerned that he won’t be ready to handle teasing.” [Read more…]
You will soon know when a child isn’t settling into the new secondary school! Sleepless nights rule. Moodiness, tears, anger and uncharacteristic behaviour take hold of your child. Suddenly your precious child is almost unrecognizable. What on earth has possessed her? Identifying what is going wrong needs to happen as quickly and as sensitively as possible.
Starting secondary school is a big step for most children (and their parents) and even super confident young people can stumble in the first few weeks or months and not settle in as well as expected. While many pick themselves up, others can head down a very unhappy pathway. It’s important that parents know the typical signs that a child may be struggling to settle into the new school and know how to help turn things around.
If you have considered the first 5 tips on homework, here are a few more important questions to ask. Homework does not have to continue to cause you and your family nightmares!
Many of us still vividly remember our first day at secondary school – for good and not so good reasons. Vivid memories of your experiences may have started flooding back as the day approaches when your precious child will walk through the gates of the new secondary school. What should you do and say to be the best safety net possible for your child?