Parents and children experience a range of emotions when they think of going back to school. Yes, the structureless days of summer end, and punctuality in school begins. This blog post will help you calm your worries! Once you have finished reading this post, you and your child will be ready to go back to school with confidence. You will receive practical tips that can be used immediately to support your child and give you peace of mind when the school year begins.
To help, I wanted to give you a pedagogical perspective on the transition to school. I interviewed Beverly Black, an award-winning educator, whom I describe as a “brain engineer” based on her success in training young brains in one of America’s best school systems; to share her insights. There are three keys she wants parents to know.
Key # 1: Nurture your child’s gifts by saying affirmative words. Many parents come from different skills and experiences. It is important to realize that you as parents may not have grown up with affirmative parents, that does not mean they were terrible parents; however, children thrive in affirmative environments. Mrs. Black confidently said that parents are their children’s first teachers and advocates. In addition, she explained that children must know that there are people who love them unconditionally. Mrs. Black described that parenting is a “24/7” responsibility that makes parents their children’s teachers rather they like it or not. She reminds parents that their children look at them even when they think they are not.
Key # 2: Cooperation; when your child enters school, it is a collaboration between parent, teacher and student. “All three work together for the child’s success. Parents can help their child by instilling in them the concept of cooperation, we are all in this together and we will all work it out (education) together. As an educator, Mrs. Black expressed a belief in that parents send their children to school for the purpose of “learning” and in general, teachers are committed to fulfilling their role for that purpose, she described a strategy that parents can use to facilitate cooperation.
- Come to the table with an open mind.
- Be curious. Have questions and ask questions to the teacher
- Encourage student leadership conferences, which help students build self-esteem, develop problem-solving skills, and expand their vocabulary.
Key # 3:
Sleep, sleep, sleep; is fundamental to helping children excel in school. Mrs. Black has seen the devastating impact a lack of sleep has on students, saying “If you do not sleep, you will not work at your optimal level.” Sleep is so important and affects how children learn, their ability to focus and their behavior. Mrs. Black reported that students refrain from sleeping to play on their electronic devices, resulting in an unfocused sleepy student.
When I talked to this dynamic educator, I was reminded that educators are “brain engineers”. Many parents search the internet for tips that can help during these transitions to school. What I have discovered is that many of these tips lack the connection between the brain and success. However, the three keys shared in this blog are consistent with the advanced brain knowledge used by the top 1% of parents. Were you aware that parents and children have better contact because of the neuroscience about affirmations, cooperation, and sleep?
Many parents use only limited knowledge to help their children return to school. Imagine how different things would be if parents used brain-based strategies to help their children excel. That’s why I’ve put together a free webinar describing five brain hacks that advanced parents use to make sure their children are prepared for success back in school. You can see the webinar here. Stay in touch and join the Whole Brain Parent Leadership Academy for hands-on brain-based parenting ideas.