- Create opportunities to talk to your child about school.
- Listen to them! Allow them to vent and/or complain while giving compassionate feedback.
- Reveal your experiences at that age. Help to normalize their situation and what they are currently going through.
- Become involved in their school’s activities.
- Check in with your kids daily, both before AND after school.
- If needed, provide additional people for your child to talk to.
- Talk with your child and his/her friends as a group.
- Discuss your child’s fears and help them find ways to cope.
- Address possible things that your child may be face at school (bullying, peer pressure) before they become an issue.
- Be AVAILABLE and OPEN for questions!
Contributed by: Eboni Baugh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Family Life
"Active Listening: A Communication Tool," EDIS, The Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Revised: June 2005.
"Talking with Your Child," EDIS, The Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Revised: June 2006.