Helping Your Child In School

Make school a priority.

No matter what time of year, it can be hard to keep children focused on learning. What can you do to make school a top priority for your kids? Keep these simple ideas in mind they're useful at any time of year.

Make attendance Job #1.

Let your kids know that unless they're sick, they must go to school. Try to schedule routine dentist and doctor appointments after school hours. If possible, take family vacations during school breaks.

Tip: Give awards for perfect attendance each month. Try a "Job Well Done" certificate or a coupon good for a night of bowling or a movie.

Show you care.

Want your children to know that you're interested in their learning? Talk about their school activities and projects. Attend as many school events as you can. If homework and after-school activities conflict, speak up: "I know you have baseball practice this evening, but homework comes first. After you finish, I'll take you to practice."

Keep it up beat.

Try to set a positive example for your children, even when your own day has been difficult. Instead of saying, "I had a hard day at work. I'll never get my project done," try, "Work was hard today, but I made some progress on my project." If you show a positive attitude about your work, your children may feel better about their work.

Ways to handle teasing at school:

  • Be sure your child tells you if he is being teased or bullied at school.
  • Tell your child to walk away from the other child that is teasing or bullying, for example, by going to another part of the playground.
  • Try staying with a group of children. (Bullies tend to pick on kid who are alone.)
  • Look the other child in the eye and say, "Stop saying that."
  • Most important, tell your child that he should get help immediately from an adult if the child gets physical or threatens to hurt him.
  • If the problems continues, talk with the teacher, counselor or principal about your child’s concerns