Practical Parenting: S is for

S-id-for-schoolSchool is going to take up a lot of time in your child’s life and so it is important that you choose child care, nursery school and primary school which not only fits your practical needs of location and financial constraints, it is really important that the school also meets your requirements in terms of values system, discipline and focus.

It is clear from the outset which schools are very strict with discipline and routine and which offer a more child centred process. Different education methodologies will impact children differently depending on their personality, their interests and innate abilities. Following the tradition of where a parent went to school, or just taking the school round the corner and hoping for the best, that it all works out, is one approach, which if you have strong willed independent children may work out well. But if you have children who are more introverted, have a particular expression of interest such as the arts of music, or sport, it is important to try to find a school which will also offer growth and development in these areas.

Observe your child closely as they settle into a new class or school and take notice of any anxiety or change in their normal behaviour – if they are not willing to talk about what is making them feel vulnerable or angry, then maybe a chat with the teacher quietly to hear what is going on in the classroom would be helpful. At the end of the day we want our children to be happy, to emerge from school having achieved their potential and honed a wide range of skills which will create the foundation of their future learning and career path. Ensuring they are attending schools which offer emotional support and development as well as physical, intellectual and spiritual education is key to graduating into the world as a solid citizen, an all-rounder, confident to reach out and fulfill their dreams and aspirations.



About parentcoachsa

Steph has over 30 year's experience working with families to design child care solutions and supporting parents to be the best parents they can be. In addition she has worked with corporates to find work-life balance solutions for their staff. As a practitioner I have become increasingly aware that work-life balance has become a critical issue, particularly in an age in which the demands of work are often at odds with home and family life. I am passionate about family life, it is the catalyst for every other relationship we have - in every other area of life, we expect to study, get a qualification, try something on appro , we want to feel in control - however it is the one area of life, that none of the above applies - Babies do not arrive with a parenting manual! It is my privilege as a Parent and Life Coach, to partner with you as you take hold of the challenges you are facing in your family, in your life and work with you , supporting you to achieve the decisions and outcomes you are choosing for your family and for your life. It is my job, to keep you on track, to cheer you on, when the "going gets tough". Through coaching, understanding of yourself and your child, and his or her phase of development will enable you to consciously develop a parenting style that will benefit you and your family.
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