Help Them Get Ready to Go Back to School and Beyond

Going back to school may be exciting to some students but there are still those who have butterflies when that first bell rings.  According to KidsPoll, on most days, 65% of kids liked school and 35% said they did not.  Talking with your child about their thoughts and feelings can help to alleviate some of those butterflies.  Also, getting in touch with their teacher from time to time, not waiting for quarterly Teacher Conferences, can help you understand any potential problems early on and allow for you and your child to work on them sooner rather than later.  Often times, children are dealing with an issue way before you or a teacher hear about it.  Don’t wait, get engaged, be proactive when it comes to helping or understanding what your child is going through.  Taking the initiative and talking things out can prevent a lot of stress for everyone involved.

So the next time you sit down at the table to share a meal with your family consider these topics to help get conversation started:

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Happy Fourth of July

While our families all gather to remember what this holiday means to them, it’s also a good time to remember to go over the safety steps again for handling fireworks.  This is especially if children are experiencing the excitement of the colorful bursts, loud booms and writing their own name in sparklers for the first time.

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June – National Safety Month

However, it is important to be safe all year long.  National PTA and Safe Kids Worldwide created a downloadable toolkit that might be helpful for your family, your school and your community.

The toolkit has everything from tip sheets to handouts, maps to program planning guides.  There is something for everyone to use and get further involved in safety awareness.

Go to – http://www.pta.org/safetytoolkit for more details and additional information.

 


Alcohol Awareness Month

How Do We Teach Them to Resist Peer Pressure When It Comes to Alcohol?

Research shows that most young people, 12- to 20-year-olds, do not consume alcohol.  However, when it comes to underage drinking, many tweens and teens tend to believe the myth that “everyone is doing it.”  This misconception could easily lead them to conclude that they should be trying alcohol too, so they will fit in.

Giving students the facts about alcohol, both the dangers and the statistics on how much drinking is really going on, and arming them with coping strategies to handle peer pressure can help in the fight to prevent underage drinking.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Parents and teachers may find the resources listed below useful in educating kids, tweens and teens against underage drinking:

·The Cool Spot

·Laws in Your State – National Minimum Drinking Age Act

·Too Smart to Start

·Activities: Reach Out Now (PDF)

·Booklet: I Wasn’t Having Fun Anymore (PDF)

·Lesson Plan: Reach Out Now (PDF)

·Lesson Plans: Stop Underage Drinking

Kids.gov: A Safe Place to Learn and Play