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.
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.
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