READY 4 THE BELL: 4 things you need to know, all year long

Once the school year is fully underway, it is easy for students to tend to lose motivation.

Experts say there are 4 key things to keep in mind-

Number one on the list- communicate with your child— don’t ask simple yes or no questions.

"Ask them, ‘What did you do in Math today? What did you do in English/Language Arts? ‘Who did you sit with at lunch?" said Alison Benson, Middle School Counselor at West Middle School. "So that you can get into those deeper conversations with them, and they might open up more about what’s going on. "

Next up on the list, communicate with your child’s educators.

"Communicate with your child’s teacher, communicate with your child’s counselor," said Benson. "Know what’s going on in the classroom so that you can support that at home."

Third, is limit their use of social media.

"Make sure that they are not on social media all evening," adds Benson. "And that you also know what they’re doing on social media."

Benson adds adding your children on social media is a good idea as well. 

And finally, have ground rules installed for your child.

"We expect that when you get home you’re going to do homework, we expect that you’ll be completing your assignments, your turning things in," said Benson. "So when they get home, they don’t have to argue with you or fight with you. They just know that, ‘when I get home, I’m going to do this before I can have my phone or playtime."

With these 4 tips, your student can be Ready for the Bell, all year long. 

Jennifer Lenzini

Jennifer Lenzini

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