Getting the school year off to a good start can influence our children’s attitude, confidence, and performance - both socially and academically. The beginning of the school year is a time of excitement and anticipation of new successes, friends, and adventures. However, even this exciting and positive transition from August to September requires an adjustment from the relaxation of summer to greater levels of activity and the structure and scheduling associated with the school year. Parents can help children manage the increased pace and stress of the academic year by planning ahead, being realistic, and maintaining a positive attitude.
Within the cycles of the school year, holidays and the shift of seasons, we recognize that even the most wonderful changes can bring the stress of additional demands and time commitments. As we think about the role of stress in our own lives, we need to be mindful of helping manage our children’s’ stress in order to best nurture their potential.
In reading a recent article by a college professor outlined the most common academic mistakes college students make, it struck me that all students—whether in high school or college–can take specific actions to avoid mistakes and enhance their college success!
Bullying occurs when a student is repeatedly and knowingly harmed, psychologically or physically, by another student or a group. It may take the form of physical aggressions, verbal threats, intentional exclusion from a group, spreading rumors, menacing gestures, or repeated name calling. Bullying can occur in person or in writing, including online “cyberbullying” involving electronic communication.