She pursed her tiny lips, raised an eyebrow, and shook her head. “No, Mama. I just want to stay home.” No matter what I said, she did not want to go to school. She finished preschool last year and had no burning desire to return to the classroom.
Adela wasn’t ready then, but research and good advice from seasoned mothers showed me how to change her attitude.
Here are the three best tips to prepare your reluctant child for school.
Plan for a School-Free Vacation Time
If your child is burnt out on school, relax. Don’t worry. Give them ample time to play and enjoy their summer routine. A few weeks before the bell rings you can prepare your child for the new school year. If they are involved in summer classes or tutoring, make sure you include special activities in their schedule simply for fun with no other agenda.
Check Your Language
Your language shows your child that you believe and support them. Let it express your love as they mentally and emotionally prepare for the year ahead. Ask your child how they feel about school. Are they excited about their classes starting again? Who do they look forward to seeing? However, don’t present a question which makes them believe they have a choice to attend school or not. This may leave an impression that you can’t be trusted when you can’t back their decision.
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. ~Colossians 3:21, ESV
Give Them Choices
Children often believe they have no power or ability to control their world. School can feel like one of those situations. Give the children choices which empower them. If your resources permit, let them pick out their own school supplies, backpack, etc. Allow them to select their outfit for the first day of school. Not only is this fun for your son or daughter, it shows them that you trust their choices and love their personality.
The first day of a new school year is around the corner. Help your kids develop an attitude which encourages them to enjoy learning and their school.
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding.~Proverbs 3:13, NIV
How do you help your child get ready for school?
Lora Armendariz is a busy stay-at-home mom of two daughters and the author of Expressive Heart Devotions. Her family lives on a ranch in New Mexico. After she became the mother of a special needs child, Lora embraced the value of inviting God into all the spaces of her day. She encourages others through her blog, The Beautiful Day Project.
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