Back To School Tips
Back to school time can be bitter sweet 😩 as it comes with new dangers and obstacles.
Whether it’s something as little as making sure your kids get out of bed in the morning (and we all know how much fun this is, especially with teenagers) or as big as the bullying dilemma we are faced with today.
As parents, we can all agree that one of the most important things is the safety of our kids‼
During this school year (even virtual school can have risks too), here are some Back to School TIPS to help increase the safety of your kids‼
✔Teach your kids to respect others
The simplest way to gain respect is to show respect. Showing respect is different from trying to be everyone’s friend. Help your child understand how their kindness and the respect they offer others can create a more peaceful atmosphere for everyone. This applies both to students and adults. Not being disrespectful in the first place significantly lowers the odds of being hurt emotionally or physically.
✔Teach your kids to speak up and help those who have been bullied!
Bullying can only continue with the consent of those who choose to do nothing. All children are valuable, and none should be pushed around. Sometimes all it takes is for one other child to come alongside a bullied child, and the victim culture will fall away. So teach your children to be leaders in kindness as well as respect. As a parent, ask for, advocate for, and support anti-bullying programs.
✔Create a family culture where there are no secrets
Children need to know that they can come to their parents with anything. Once any topic becomes taboo, it opens up the possibility that parents don’t want to know what’s going on in the kids’ lives. Like it or not, parents must have information at their fingertips. If you tend to react and repress certain topics, that’s a move away from safety.
✔Know their environment
Be present at your child’s school. Don’t wait for conference night, volunteer. Get to know the names of your child’s teachers and the administrators. Be a visible presence.
✔Teach your child common sense survival skills.
It’s a fact: the school’s environment we live in is not always safe. School shootings and violence has become a part of everyday life. Learn and make sure your child knows your school’s emergency response protocols including exits and when to conceal vs. cover. Panic usually occurs in response to confusion, so know the plan inside out.
Visit our website to see how survival skills is a big part of our program and how we can help enforce this ideal in your children‼‼