Homeschooling     Hot Topics     Home and Family     Healthy Kids     Teen Health     K-12    

7 suggestions on dealing with schooling

Talk to your kids about what will happen this school year

school, kids, parents, autumn

What do we tell our kids as authorities on a statewide and national basis, as well as in our schools, work out how school is going to look for them this autumn?

Rebecca Alwine of wrote about the subject in terms of military families following a recent back-to-school webinar presented by the Military Child Education Coalition. But her conclusions are valid for all parents and children.

The webinar, she says, focused on what they suggest are seven unchanging tips for parenting through this time, no matter how the protocols change for the upcoming semester. They include

1. Model good behavior.

2. Stay positive. Make sure you are modeling a good discussion by presenting both sides of the argument and not insulting anyone who disagrees with you.

3. Talk with your kids about changes to schedules, why they are wearing a mask or why they're learning from home. Give them time to process their feelings and then listen when they're ready to talk.

4. Have a plan to work together with your child's teacher. It has never been more important. According to a study from Harvard, when teachers and families work together, homework completion increases by 40%.

5. Ask for help. From the teacher to there is something for everyone.

READ MORE: Finding the right tutor for your child

6. Teach communication skills. Encourage your kids to write an email or message to their teacher when they have a question. Or have them ask for a video chat to review a math problem.

7. Create positive routines. Try to keep school in one "section" of the house or schedule and then let the rest of life be normal.

“Over the course of the next year, we're going to see a lot of changes in our children's education. Some of them will be good, and some of them will be challenging,” Alwine concludes. “But we know our kids better than anyone else. We know what they can handle and when they need a break. Don't hesitate to give them what they need."

These are great suggestions to hold on to when all else seems to be pulling us apart. So when all else is fragmented use these tips as an anchor.

More Homeschooling

  • How to prevent cyberbullying with technology

    Who is at risk and what you can do

    Cyberbullying is becoming more prevalent among children and teens, as young people now spend more time on phones, computers and digital devices. About 6 in 10 teens have been bullied or harassed online, according to Pew Research Center. read more »
  • Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Homeschool Naturalist Program

    Adventure Awaits Students Ages 6-9

    The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Homeschool Naturalist Program for children ages 6-9 has quickly become one of the Nature Museum’s most beloved programs. Originally created out of the needs of families undertaking distance/learning, the program has proved so popular it has remained in place by demand. read more »
  • Indoor spots for teens to play

    Older kids need exercise too

    Teens need places to go that aren't lame and won't bore them to tears. We have the best in the Valley listed just for you. read more »
  • World's No. 1 STEAM Program Launches New STEM/STEAM Book Series

    New Challenge Island chapter book series with a spectacular, hands-on STEM/STEAM twist!

    Challenge Island has been providing kids with award-winning STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) learning adventures for almost two decades. On National Stem Day (Nov. 8), the magic of the world's No. 1 STEAM program will combine with the magic of reading to launch the first book in the Challenge Island STEAM book series. read more »
  • Mother Shares Her Journey with Heroin-Addicted Daughter

    Read the gripping new book about this family

    September is National Recovery Month and one mom has shared her journey with her daughter struggling with addiction. read more »
  • Learn How to Help Your Struggling Adolescents Navigate Change and Overcome Anxiety

    Parenting expert Erica Komisar has a new book that can assist you

    Adolescence is a notoriously complicated time for kids as well as their parents. Plus, the epidemic of mental health disorders in young people has made parenting today even more challenging. But it’s not too late. Parents of adolescents can still have a profound impact on the health and well-being of their children. read more »
  • The Mama Bear Effect Launches New Resource to Combat Child Sexual Abuse

    Parents of young children and those with special education needs now have a free tool to educate children about their bodies and boundaries

    Parents, caregivers, teachers, and therapists now have a new tool to educate the most vulnerable population of children, those who need specialized assistance with learning and communication. read more »
  • How to help high-achieving students manage stress

    Tips and insight for parents

    School administrators at Howard County Public Schools (HCPS) in Maryland were surprised to learn that high-achieving students wanted to get rid of class rank—a measure of student success that weighs higher-level classes differently when calculating grade point average. The class ranking system created an unnecessary burden, students said, and discouraged them from taking the classes they really wanted. read more »
  • Libraries in the Hudson Valley

    Visit your local library for books, classes, events and more

    Libraries are a great resource for families. Not only can you check out a book, or two or can also find classes for kids and adults. Some have summer reading programs, book clubs, homework help, career education and family-friendly events. read more »
  • Stem toy that kids are guaranteed to love

    Kids can learn all about the digestive system

    Have your kids take a journey through the belly with this STEM kit from Meandmine. HVP staff's grandkids review this fun toy and it gets 2 thumbs up! read more »