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Back To School: Parents' And Kids' Transition

6:15 PM, Aug 28, 2012   |    comments
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GREENSBORO - How parents deal with each age group is different and students often don't see all the changes coming when heading to a new school.

Guilford County Supervising Counselor, Dr. Karen Meadows joined News 2 at 5 to share her expertise.

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How parents can help kids transition from elementary to middle school and middle to high school and ease their anxiety?

-Be a listening ear to your young adult. Practice active listening and listen empathetically.

-Help children turn their anxieties into positive actions by learning about school rules, schedules, locker procedures and the availability of counseling.

-Reassure your son/daughter that they are still learning.
Remind them of other times when they were new or needed to transition and how they managed.

-Encourage children to try new things and to regard failure as a necessary part of learning and growing.

-Become knowledgeable about the needs and concerns of young adolescents in transition.

-Have student participate in extracurricular activities. Parents are encouraged to attend school functions and stay involved in children's schooling.

-Support children in their efforts to become independent.

-Maintain strong family connections with young adolescents 
Be alert to signs of depression or anxiety in their children and seek help.

-Remember transitioning is not a single event, it is a process. If student has a difficulty or experiences challenges, encourage to persevere.


How parents and students can improve their time management skills

• Provide student with strategies to manage time effectively, such as using a timer to complete tasks, writing down instructions, appointments, etc. (even if they think they will remember), chunking up their tasks and assignments.

• Students often state "Don't worry I'll remember, it's in my head". Have them practice writing or using a reminder instrument of their choice even if they think they will remember.

• Inform them of ways you manage your time. Parents are children's best teachers, they watch what you do and will often emulate your practices, good and bad.

• Have students create a visual representation of tasks and assignments they need to complete, for instance an eraser board as a calendar.

• Add 5 or 10 minutes of travel time for appointments.

• Stay organized! Many students lose a tremendous amount of time searching for needed homework, forgotten appointments, etc.

• Keeping one's physical environment organized helps to keep the mind organized.

• Encourage students to use their planners.

WFMY/GUILFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS

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