Middle school can be pretty complicated and tough for any student. Not only are they trying to succeed in their classes, but they are also learning to make friends and figure out the world around them. When going through difficult times, it can be incredibly discouraging for them and make them lose hope in a positive year. There is nothing more heartbreaking for a parent than to see their child in this position, and only want to help, but sometimes this can be difficult. New Vision K-8 Charter School in Loveland is here to offer some advice. In this blog post, we will bring up a few tips that you can follow when your child seems down and out and dreading going back to classes or dealing with a situation with one of their classmates. If you are looking for more information about our charter school or are curious about how to enroll them, then give us a call today!
Find the Positive
As they say, there is always a positive to be found, even in rough times. Especially in middle school, children can feel like the whole world is going to end, even if it is only as simple as not getting the grade that they were hoping for on a test or not doing an assignment correctly. It is so important for you to focus on what they have been capable of doing and not what they have been struggling with. Sit down with them and run through some of the skills that they have and certain moments that they have made you proud this year and beyond. This might just be all the encouragement they need to boost their confidence.
Help Them See the Big Picture
Along with being positive with them and seeing the good, remind them how little this moment means in the grand scheme of these. This time is only a blip on their radar when compared to their entire lives. Remind them that this hurdle will eventually be over and just a moment in the past. This will also help them gain the knowledge that there will always be challenges in life, the important thing for them to know that they can fight through.
Work Through the Problem
A lot of times, young children that are having a problem or going through a tough situation, they turn to their parents for advice. This is great, and it’s important for them to know that you will always be there for them, but it is also important for them to see that they are able to solve problems on their own, and will have to in the future. Obviously, the circumstances matter, but if it is a simple problem that only requires simple solutions, then it is better for them to take responsibility for solving the issue. This will help them as they grow older and realize that being self-reliant is such an incredible and beneficial skill to have.
Let Them Share Their Feelings
Especially when they have a ton of assignments, projects, exams, etc., it can seem like they are drowning in all the work that needs to get done. This feeling isn’t enjoyable for anyone. We realize that your children might not consider it ‘cool’, to talk with you about their feelings, but it can go a long way in helping them get over this obstacle. Ask them simple questions to see how they are feeling. Are they happy, sad, conflicted, stressed? Let them express their feelings to you so that they can get that weight off their chest and know that they have you on their side through this.
After letting them talk about their emotions and their feelings, let them know that you understand and you feel for them. Even if it is a minor inconvenience, don’t let them feel embarrassed and let down by telling them to get over it. This is the worst thing that you can do. Be positive with them, tell them that you have empathy and that you will be with them through all of it.
Help Them Set Goals
It is always good to have goals, no matter what your age may be. By sitting down and figuring out some goals that they would like to achieve this year, it will help them have a clearer vision of the path that they are on and will help to make their classwork less intimidating and easier to manage. Don’t have them set unreachable goals, however, since this will just have them feeling even more pressured. Instead, have them set up simple academic goals. This could be making sure that they get their homework completed every night, to pass their exam, even to having exceptional attendance. After hitting these goals, they will gain more and more confidence.
Talk to Our Staff
Here at New Vision Charter School in Loveland, you can count on our staff to be there when your child needs assistance. Whether they are having problems with a fellow classmate, feeling overwhelmed, struggling in a class, what have you, we’ll be there. We care about each and every one of our students and want to make sure that they are not only getting the best education that they possibly can, but that they are also having fun and not feeling overwhelmed. If you would like to learn more about our courses, values, and mission, then visit our About Page, or, better yet, contact us today!