Ten Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Preparing your child for back-to-school can be one thing; preparing yourself is quite another! These helpful tips for parents will help with the sometimes rocky transition from summer to the school year.

10. Contact information. Get e-mail addresses from all of your child’s teachers. It is easy for teachers to type a quick note about issues as they arise and keep parents informed with short e-mails.

9. Organization is essential. Teach your child to use a planner. The planner can include a list of what to take home, a to-do list, and a list of what should come back to school the next day.

8. Praise and encourage. Praise your child when she does well or excels at something, and when she has trouble with something, practice with her and provide encouragement.

7. Meet the teachers. Most schools have parent-teacher conferences towards the beginning of the school year. If your school does not, be sure to schedule some time to meet with your child’s teacher at the start of the school year.

6. Set a good example. Your children model themselves after you. Be respectful and honest in front of the teacher and at home, and they will likely follow suit.

5. Find the right size. Buy boys’ pants that fit and are not five sizes too big. School staff does not need to spend time telling students to pull up their pants.

4. Take time to read. Manage your child’s television and internet time and have them read at night.

3. Accurate information. Make sure you provide your child’s teachers with accurate phone numbers and other contact information.

2. Persistence. Ask your students if they have homework, and do not believe them when they say no.

1. Get involved. If your school has a parent teacher organization (PTO) or something similar, participate. You can also ask your child’s teacher or other school staff for ways you can volunteer and help out around the school. It is important to create positive relationships with teachers and school staff.

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