Basics of Parenting School-Age Children
Basics of Parenting School-Age Children
Be More Efficient
In these middle years of childhood, children are usually called school-age or grade-school children. Whatever the name given to this phase of childhood, it is a challenging time for parents because they have less time to spend with their children than in previous years. This means that parents need to be more efficient with how they manage their school-age children.
Children’s school years are the period in which they form lifelong habits and values. It is, therefore, the great responsibility of parents to impart the value system they want their children to follow throughout their lives. This can be done if parents are leading by example. It is important to make routines for everything children do so that they learn how to regulate themselves. Parents don’t need to dictate everything to their kids, they just need to formulate a set of principles and make their children follow that system.
Every family has its own value system and parents must develop a certain mechanism to impart that value system from birth. However, this doesn’t mean that kids should have every decision and activity dictated to them. Parents should have healthy control of their children’s lives to provide necessary parental supervision while at the same time giving their children the liberty to complete routine tasks in their own innovative style. If parents are able to strike a balance between control and freedom, they will provide an environment in which their children will flourish intellectually and physically.
When children start school, they are literally thrown into a completely new world. Some children experience fear around unknown people and environments, which can cause anxiety and even depression. This is because they are out of their cosy home environment for the first time and are facing the world independently. Parents should be especially present during this time so that their children realize they can discuss any problems they face with them. If parents step forward to help their kids adjust to this new phase, they will be more comfortable and quickly start enjoying their school.
The rule of thumb is to connect with your children. Communicate with them. Talk about their school, teachers, and friends. If you are frank and open with your kids, they will feel confident enough to share their fears, doubts, problems, and joys with you. If they complain about something, take it seriously and explain the situation in detail. Tell them that everything will be normal again after a time. Appreciate the little things your children do just to make them feel good about themselves. Try to be aware of their school progress because if they are doing well at school, they will experience the pleasure of learning new things.
Sometimes, in an effort to help their children, parents forget to draw the line between interference and help. Treat your child as a complete human who can think, plan and act independently. School-age children don’t like to be dictated to; therefore, it is imperative to supervise their activities but not to interfere in everything they do.
School-age children in particular don’t like their parents’ interference or unnecessary guidance as far as their friendships are concerned. Children make friends and like to spend time with them. Parents only need to know the families of their kids’ friends, not decide who is good or bad for them. Let your children find like-minded people and form connections with them. However, be sure talk to them about their friends as well, so that you are familiar with the habits of your children and their friends. One way to do this is to invite your children’s friends and their parents to a family event, which will give you the opportunity both to interact with them and to make your children feel good.
Let Your Children Share Responsibilities
Parents often believe that their school-age children are tired and do their day-to-day chores for them, but they shouldn’t get into this habit. Keep in mind that children love to do household work because it allows them to feel like an adult; they are happy when some responsibility is shared with them. Parents need to assign their children certain tasks so that they share some of the family’s responsibilities and strengthen their connection with their parents. In turn, this involvement in household chores trains kids to share bigger responsibilities and to plan and act according to their own freewill in bigger projects.http://www.pakparenting.com/basics-parenting-school-age-children/http://www.pakparenting.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/A-school-age-kid.jpghttp://www.pakparenting.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/A-school-age-kid-150x150.jpgBasics of Parenting School-Age Childrenchildren,parenting school age kids,school going kids,supervision of school-age kidsBasics of Parenting School-Age Children Be More Efficient In these middle years of childhood, children are usually called school-age or grade-school children. Whatever the name given to this phase of childhood, it is a challenging time for parents because they have less time to spend with their children than in previous...Pak Parenting Teamkhadija Imtinanadmin@pakparenting.comAdministratorPak Parenting