School Readiness Part 4 – Communication

School Readiness Part 4 – Communication

School Readiness – Communication

Make sure your child feels comfortable communicating with you.

Communication is crucial when it comes to all of the challenges your child will face each day at school. It is important for your child to feel comfortable speaking with you about bullies, fears, and anxieties. You can turn any challenge around if you set it up right.

Here are some important tips for helping your child feel comfortable about communication:

1. Never ignore your child’s anxieties or stresses. This is a crucial mistake that many parents make, and most of the time it is on accident. Sometimes parents get tangled up with all of their own responsibilities that they brush aside situations brought up by their child that don’t seem important. What you need to remember is: EVERYTHING your child says to you is important to them.

2. Ask them about their day to keep an open dialog. Sometimes children hold back sharing their fears and anxieties simply because they don’t want to bother you. By asking them how their day was and if there was anything they wanted to talk about, you are showing them you care. Be sure to ask open ended questions such as, “What was the best part of your day?” “What was the most difficult part of your day?”

3. Try to put their anxieties and stresses into a perspective that they understand. For example, everyone is bullied at one point in their life. If your child’s stress is about bullying, share your bullying experience and let them know that you understand how they feel and then provide a simple solution that they can handle. Statistically, between the ages of 9 to 14, 1 out of every 2 children will experience bullying. Most do not understand how to handle it and can become stressed and or depressed. Again, this is where our SKILLZ programs come into play. Not only do we focus on making your child more confident, but we will also teach them about bullying and both verbal a physical self-defense.

*Thank you to our friends at Atlanta Taekwondo and SKILLZ for providing the bulk of this information.