For any parent, sending your children off to school is a scary prospect, but when it comes to high school, you realise you’re entering a new chapter of their lives. Not only will education become harder, but they will begin to go through changes and see the world in a new light. If your child is heading to high school soon, they may be feeling nervous about the prospect of a new school, new friends, and bigger responsibilities. Not only is it hard for them, but it’s hard for you as their parent too! Here are some tips on how to prepare your child and yourself for high school.
Talk to them honestly
Your child is going to go through a lot of changes over the next few years, and it’s important that they have some kind of awareness of these things. Talking to them about changes with their bodies and emotions is important, so they can understand that what they’re feeling is normal. Make sure they realise they can talk to you at any time, and give them other options too! Sometimes talking about things like that with parents can be difficult, so find out who and where they can turn to with problems if they feel they can’t talk to you.
Research all possibilities
With the pandemic still in full swing, you might want to look at other options for your child such as virtual high schools to continue their studies. Or, you may want to look at specialty schools for your child to help support the way they learn. For example, autistic children learn at a different pace and usually with a hands on technique. If your child needs that extra support, take the time to research all possibilities so they can thrive and ultimately, you know they’re getting the support they need at this crucial time in their lives.
Is your child required to take the bus to school? If this is the case, and they aren’t used to it, schedule a few practice sessions in the months leading up to school. Make the first attempt on a Sunday or at a peaceful time of day. The school bus can be a frightening place, particularly when you’re 11 and some of the other students on the bus are almost adults. Make sure your child understands that if he or she is bullied, they must inform you, the bus driver, and the teachers.
Give them more responsibility
In comparison to primary school, your child will have to organize himself or herself even more. You can’t depend on the fact that “Friday is match day” if they have a two-week schedule. When your child enters the final year of primary school, assist them in being more responsible for their PE equipment, homework, and books so that they are prepared for high school. Encourage them to pack their bags the night before, particularly if they need to leave early to catch a bus, train, or a ride. Post a homework and task schedule on the wall for them to use as a reference.