With summer break winding down… It's back to school time for midlands children. Transitioning from those fun, unstructured days to new classes, new faces, and new schedules can be tough on our youngsters. Signs of stress and anxiety in young children can be misinterpreted as bad behavior. So while we get them ready with school supplies, new clothes and other preparations, let's also take a moment to ask ourselves if we have prepared our children to be socially successful?
Teachers have traditionally relied on parents to show their children how to make good choices, resolve conflict, and act appropriately. But changes in family dynamics have given some teachers no choice but to try to teach these critical life skills during school time. Every year, schools are placing more emphasis on developing children's socials skills linking those skills to success in the classroom and safety issues such as bullying.
With summer break winding down… It's back to school time for midlands children. Transitioning from those fun, unstructured days to new classes, new faces, and new schedules can be tough on our youngsters.
The idea of a direct lesson on social skills may sound foreign to many adults, but it's imperative that we help our children be successful in social settings so that they can learn and live well with others.
There's a good how-to fact sheet on social skills from the national association of school psychologists at the link on your screen. As the school year begins, take some time to "prep" your children for the classroom, cafeteria, recess, and other daily situations so that they enjoy a successful school year.
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