Tips For Parents

Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School
School Counseling Department

TIPS FOR PARENTS
General Information
  • Make school a priority.
  • Don't put too much pressure on your child.
  • Praise your child. Judge success by the efforts being made more so than the grades being earned.
  • Build your child's confidence.
  • Maintain a routine.
  • Set an example.
  • Reward orderliness.
  • Show interest in your child's life. Reach out to teachers; ask your child questions about school and maybe even stressors; keep the school informed of things you may see in your child
  • Set clear expectations.
  • Give extra incentives when necessary. This works especially well for students who need help in developing good school habits.
Homework Information
  • Create a routine - Make a schedule for after school including homework, sports, other activities, and household responsibilities.
  • Set goals and time limits, allowing your child to take breaks.
  • Set up a quiet and comfortable area to study - This area should be where the child does his work all the time, but is not too comfortable that it will be distracting.
  • Make sure to check your child's Agenda to ensure he or she is completing their homework/
  • Help your child plan for long term projects - Set up a calendar to help space out the completion of the project.
  • If struggling with getting your child to complete her homework a warning/incentive system may be appropriate to put in place.
  • Reward orderliness.
Testing Information
  • Make sure your child is reviewing EVERY day, when a test is approaching.
  • Have your child study in a quiet and comfortable place.
  • Allow times for breaks in order to prevent your child from burning out.
  • Help your child study by reviewing and or quizzing them on the material. Go through notes, flash cards, spelling words, etc.
The Parent Institute, 1999, http://www.parent-institute.com

If you have any other concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child's school counselor at 908-273-1190.  Each counselor's extension is listed below:   

Cristina Casani         x4509
Stefanie Jurista        x4510
Larry Johnson          x4508
Elke Luftig               x4586

        

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