Showing Support For Your School Age Children
February 10, 2012
School can be a lifelong adjustment period for both parents and children. The first day of public school can be a tough one for mom and dad as their little one is whisked off into a brand new world full of instances they can’t always control. As children grow, each stage throughout their schooling process will present them with a series of challenges. Fathers and mothers should work in tandem to make certain their child or children are equipped to handle situations as they happen.
Elementary school is typically easier for children as classes are kept small for optimal teacher-student instruction. Still, it’s important for fathers to be invested in their child’s studies and making sure that the teachers instructing your child know they have a devoted dad in their corner. Joining the PTA, attending school activities and building a good rapport with the staff will insure your child’s transition will go smoothly.
Middle school is always a big adjustment as children have more teachers, larger classrooms, and more social interaction than ever before. As a child nears their teenaged years, they’re filled with anxiety and other varying emotions. It is especially important that fathers, especially those with daughters, are mindful of their child’s emotional needs. Sometimes a small chat with your child can turn into a big argument over nothing. Try to ask your children daily about their time at school and let them know you are an ally in their success.
High School is another big step in a child’s development that requires a strong father presence. Puberty, challenging subjects, peer pressure and other obstacles become daunting for your child. Now more mature, children are able to better communicate their feelings. Even though they may be on the cusp of adulthood, they will still be largely inexperienced. This is when fathers and mothers work form a unified front to give their children all the fortification they’ll need before heading off to college or the work world. Get to know your boy or girl and know find out what influences and inspires them.
For resources to help out dads on their fatherhood journey, click here to learn more about our Dad’s Pocket Guide for Preschool and School Aged Children
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