Start the School year off in a positive & successful way with some simple tips on
how to stay connected with your child, even when you are apart.
For some kids and Parents, going back to school is an exciting time of year and for others, it ignites shear anxiety and fear! There are some key things that Parents can do to help their kids (and themselves) cope with this transition and stay connected even though they are not together.
3 KEY THINGS TO STAY CONNECTED
1.) LUNCH KIT NOTES
When Kids are at school and away from their Parents, a creative way to stay ‘connected’ is by leaving them a special note in their lunch kits! This simple gesture can show kids that their Parent was thinking about them, planned ahead to create this opportunity for them and really wanted to make their day special. I have found that ‘Little Jots’ provides a very unique Lunch Note package designed to connect Parents & Kids hearts while they are apart from each other.
2.) DAILY DE-BRIEF
A daily de-brief at a designated time of day (such as in the car ride home, after dinner or before bed) allows kids to know that at this special time, they have their Parents attention to discuss things that may be on their mind. It can be a great way to keep the connection going and communication lines open. Having this special time of day scheduled into the daily routine, allows kids to know that their Parents are ‘available’ even when times are busy or that they are apart for most of the day.
A written schedule of events or a calendar are simple visuals that can provide an incredible impact for the entire family! It’s a great way to keep everyone on the ‘same page’, increase communication and expectations as well as give kids and other family members the opportunity to know what is coming up in the next day’s/weeks which can ease anxiety and provide a lot of relief.
There are many ways to stay connected to each other while being apart that can make such a huge, positive impact in a child’s life. Any opportunity to express a child’s self-worth and value, can help them continue to be confident and secure individuals.
Julie Romanowski is a mom, an Early Childhood Consultant and owner of ‘Miss Behaviour: parenting coach & consulting services’, the children’s behavior & discipline specialists. Learn more through her tips & blogs at www.missbehaviour.ca and follow her on Twitter @missbehaviourJRLearn more about Julie Romanowski – Mom, Writer, Speaker, Early Childhood Consultant & owner of Miss Behaviour: parenting coach & consultant service through her tips, blog, e-newsletter, & articles!