Getting called into your child’s school is distressing. It is a scary experience both for the parent and the child that can hardly be avoided. The reasons for getting a call can vary from misbehaving with his peer or teacher, tearing their books, creating a ruckus in class, damaging school property, etc.
But being impulsive is not the solution. Staying calm and understanding the situation can help you identify and tackle the problem that’s coming in the way of your child’s schooling experience. The next time you receive a call from your child’s school, keep these tips in mind, as they might be advantageous for your child.
On receiving the call, your first instinct could be to defend your child. But being at loggerheads with your child’s educator can put your child in a tough spot in future.
Take the effort to listen to what the teacher has to say and understand their perspective. Acknowledging that there is a problem does not imply a problem in your parenting.
Before rushing towards arriving at a solution, get a complete overview of the situation. Knowing the facts will help you get closer to solving the problem. You can correlate with your child’s teacher and construct a solution that deems suitable for your child.
Carefully introspect what could be the cause of this behaviour. There could be several reasons for this. Conflicts at home, inadequate sleep, and an unsatisfying diet are a few causes.
List out the possible changes that your child has undergone in the recent past and ensure how best you can restore normalcy.
Schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher and discuss the conclusions that you came up with. Also, put forth the manner in which you wish to help your child cope with the specific problem.
Get the teacher’s feedback because they are backed by invaluable experience.
Have a discussion with your child and carefully listen to what they have to say. Their version needs to be taken into account too. Many times, a child may not be aware of the fact of what they are supposed to do and what they are not supposed to do.
A clear distinction of do’s and don’ts with adequate reasoning helps them bring about fruitful change.
If your child admits they have behaved inappropriately, keeping your composure can be tough but recommended. Explaining your child the consequences of their actions and teaching them to apologise would help correct their behaviour. Your concern for them increases their willingness to rectify themselves.
Schedule another meeting after a month or so with your child’s teacher. This is to evaluate the growth, shortcomings and future plans of your child.
Hopefully, past hiccups will be resolved by then, and there are positive points to dwell on.
A call from a teacher does not necessarily have to imply a grave problem; it could rather mean there is an opportunity to snip the problem in the bud.
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