No, this is not about being Americana….
School is about to start again. As exciting as that sound to parents, there are some things to watch out for as school resumes.There are certain bad habits your child may pick up from school. They can be problematic if overlooked. Here are 7 things to watch out for.
1) Zoning Out: Lack of focus is a problem at home, a habit your child may have picked up from school. When kids are not interested in what their teacher is saying (bored), many of them just let their minds simply wander. You can help your child with improving his active listening skills through exercises that focuses on following directions.
2) Bad Diet: This should not be surprising. The easy access your child has to sugary snacks and not-so-ideal lunch options at school make it difficult to keep a healthy diet. Even if your child is not picky with meals, making wise food decisions is almost impracticable when Twix, Reese, or Hershey chocolate are staring at him through the vending machines. Packing his lunch with their involvement helps and teaches him importance of making nutritious decisions.
3) Dirty Hands: It’s amazing how quickly children forget to wash their hands when you (the parents) are not there to remind them. Don’t get into the ‘African Parent’ mode or shame your child over hygiene. Rather go through their day with them, and stress the importance of hand washing when it is expected. Perhaps, you can give them a hand sanitizer to make it easier – if they are older.
4) Talking Back: …And all parent s nod. While other kids at school may laugh and even encourage your child when she talks back to the teacher, it is still disrespectful. This is a rude habit. “If you hear or experience your child talking back, put an end to the cheeky responses by working to determine the cause of their outburst, being consistent with consequences for rude behavior, and being sure to focus praise on polite gestures,” suggest PopSugar writer and Parenting expert, Lauren Levy.
5) Gossiping: I have caught my school age doing this one or two times. She really wants to gist me about who did what, when, and….While it might seem perfectly normal for a child to observe someone and discuss it among her friends, it’s important for parents to teach their little ones the strength of their words. Remind your child that just because a person is not there to hear you does not mean it’s okay to say it or talk about them. Also, it’s important to stress how essential the motive behind her comments and words are.
6) Leaving Kids Out: Your sweetest pumpkin could actually be another child’s bully, bossy, or meanie unintentionally. Sometimes, kids get caught up in fliques and friend groups without necessarily thinking about the negative impact it could be having on the left out child. So, it’s important to not only model inclusive behavior but to also explain the importance of empathetic behaviors and being open to other kids.
7) Technology Overload: After spending all day without the opportunity to watch whatever they want or to use their gadgets, a lot of children head straight for their tablets, computer, game-boy, or TV as soon as they get home. End this unhealthy crave for technology by limiting screen time to certain hours; it stops them from rushing to their devices right after getting back from school..