Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if my child is being bullied?
First, talk with your child about the situation. Have they tried standing up for themselves. It is always better to empower children to solve their own problems before rescuing them.
If the child has tried numerous times to advocate for themselves, then adult assistance is needed. Contact the child's teacher to let him or her know of the situation. Many times, children have not made their teacher aware of what's going on.
Strategies could include:
How can I help with my child's homework (without doing it for them!)?
Begin with having a specific time and place where homework is completed each night. Develop a schedule with your child so that he or she feels a part of the "homework plan." Allow your chlid to begin activities independently. Remember, homework is extra practice and is not used to introduce a new skill. Your child should be familiar with homework activities. After independent work time, allow your child to ask for help.
Tired of the homework struggle? Try a behavior contract for completed work. Successfully attempting homework independently can be rewarded by extra TV time, family game night, or a game outside.
What should I do if I dislike my child's teacher?
Ask the teacher to meet with you about your concerns. Remember, teachers are people too! Attack the problem and not the person. By working together, almost all teacher/parent/child relationship conflicts can be solved. If you feel that you still have concerns, contact an administrator. Remember, moving a child's class rarely solves the problem, so be prepared to try other strategies.
Will my child be embarrassed to leave the classroom with the school counselor?
No! The school counselor believes in being highly visible throughout the school. Because of this, the counselor is seen as a normal part of the school atmosphere. Most of the time, kids beg to be picked up by the counselor.
Avoid the student
Make a joke
Use an I feel statement "I feel ________ when you ________, please _________.
Stay in a group - stick up for each other!