Summer is flying by and with August now here, it is time to start looking toward fall. Stahancyk, Kent & Hook realizes that for many families, fall means it is time to start thinking about the new school year. Planning for education can come with its share of anxiety for both the student and the parent. A recent Huffington Post article suggests ways to avoid unnecessary conflict, especially for blended families, before the first bell rings.
While some parents look forward to the routines of homework, after-school sports, and other extracurricular activities bringing structure and productivity to their children’s’ lives, some parents are dreading the need to interact more closely with their blended family members.
Here are a few tips to help with the transition that are helpful to all family types:
1. Have a plan that provides all parents specific terms and conditions under which they are to operate. This helps to remove confusion and is a healthy road map that can serve throughout the school year.
2. Set expectations relating to school work—and stick to them. Identify roles and responsibilities for both the parent and the child so that academic performances don’t suffer.
3. Set boundaries regarding after-school activities. Know what you are willing, as well as not willing, to do. Don’t over promise and under deliver.
4. Be positive and present yourself to teachers and coaches as someone who is cooperative, inclusive, and genuinely interested in your child’s well-being.