When our children are in school, as parents we delegate the children responsibility to the teachers. But when the schools are closed during the holiday, it becomes our full time job to be with our children.
So as a parent do this:
- See and supervise to make sure that your child does all the holiday assignments that were given at school. You should also demand to see the end-of-term report book to know the performance of your child.
- You should seek to know what your child has done for the day; whether he/she spent the day watching T.V or walking in the estate with friends. If your kid claims to have done some studying, look at the books that, he/she read and remember some children tend to take advantage of their parents who may not comprehend the several subjects that they cover at school.
- Then treat all kids equally and do not make comparison depending on a child’s ability since this greatly affects a child’s self-esteem. By this I mean it’s wrong to openly appreciate a child that you see as being bright and scolding the one who you see as poor academically.
- There is the issue of identity crisis especially to teenagers. This means that there are some questions that your child can feel comfortable when they are being answered by his/her age-mates. These are such questions as who am I or anything concerning a certain girl’s beauty or even a young man’s strength. You may also ask yourself why your child’s friends don’t come visiting, prefer talking over the fence or even communicating through SMS.
- Enlighten your child concerning internet safety. This is due to photos being in circulation on the social media. So it’s good to warn your child well in advance about friends that he/she may find on social media thus sharing telephone numbers and a lot more of his/her personal info which may be used to destroy one’s life later if the friendship ever turns sour.
- Be a teacher and a coach to your child. This means life coaching which involves telling your child about life issues so that if he/she is told the same by their school counselors, he/she will be able to trust you more on something that may be pressing him/her and is thus able to share with you more freely.
- Talk to your child about his /her growth and this involves touching more on adolescence stage of growth.