How to help your kids adjust to in-person school
If your child participated in virtual school last year, you might be concerned about their transition back to in-person school. How will they re-socialize? Will they be able to focus? Michael Guyton, MD, offered some tips on how parents can help their kids adjust.
“The first step is recognizing your own feelings as a parent and expressing those to your child in a developmentally appropriate way,” said Dr. Guyton.
He explained how to do that here:
Talk about your concerns. Tell them what you’re worried about and ask what they’re worried about. This will create a partnership, so you can figure it out together as a family unit.
Recognize that there are going to be struggles. It’s okay to not be perfect. A lot of times our kids get the message that you’ve got to do things perfectly – even though parents don’t always give that message purposefully. Let your kids know that you anticipate they might struggle, not because they’re not amazing, but because it’s normal.
Be okay with the weirdness. The world is different right now and changing every day. Let them know you’ll get through this change together.
Reach out to your child’s doctor. If you ever feel that your child is suffering beyond the traditional adjustment period, reach out to your child’s doctor.
“We want to be part of the conversation and help you as best we can,” said Dr. Guyton. “Parents are often concerned we’ll turn immediately to medicine, but there are so many other ways to help. Medicine is a last resort. What can help is conversation and understanding each other’s perspectives. So, if you have a concern regarding your child’s social adjustment or focus, call us. We’re here to help.”
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