Talking to children about school

“Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, every movement, and action affects. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than a parent.” – Bob Keeshan

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Key points from the article:-

  • Preparedness
  • Bullying
  • Adhering to the school’s decorum
  • Sexual harassment
  • Feelings

As much as we want our children to always stay small and innocent, we can’t stop time. Kids will grow up and leave their loving nest and eventually build a life of their own. The first time your child leaves you and sees the outside world without his parents is in school.

School is where you expand your horizons and meet other kids and starts friendships that may or may not stay with them through the course of their life. Every day is an adventure, there are millions of opportunities to grab and grow and sometimes kids may fall but every failure is an opportunity to learn.

We at Shivenri boarding school want kids who come into our care with a prepared mind that they won’t be staying with their parents in school. This step is crucial for a healthy relationship to develop between the kids, their parents and our entire staff. We at Shivneri boarding school are first and foremost a family, a home away from home.

Listed below are few of the things your child should be prepared for when entering school:-

  • Preparedness:-

Every new thing that we try is an adventure and new adventures can be intimidating for everyone. A prepared mind is ready for what’s going to happen. When you are mentally prepared for something, you also get the strength required to handle the situation properly. It’s very important for us at Shivneri boarding school to be prepared for the journey they are going to embark upon with us.

Students at Shivneri Boarding School studying in a classroom
  • Bullying.

As much as we try, we can’t keep a watch on every kid, every minute of every day. Kids will spend most of the day with their peers and we know that kids can be mean. We at Shivneri boarding school have a 0 tolerance policy for bullies.

As parents and teachers it’s our duty to make our children feel safe. Kids are much more likely to report an incident of bullying or mistreatment of any kind when they feel safe. Simultaneously kids must also be taught to be better and to not look down upon someone because they can. Kids from a young age should be taught to respect any and everyone and must be told the importance of this behavior. Making fun of someone because of their weight, height, marks whatever the reason can cause serious damage to the mind of a young child can can be the root cause of various other psychological issues that may arise due to this.

  • Adhering to the school’s decorum:-

As most schools do, we at Shivneri boarding school also have a set uniform code. There are certain rules which kids must adhere to in order to maintain a working school environment. It’s important for young children to learn the importance of discipline. This doesn’t just work when in school but this skill set will greatly benefit them in the future when they’re in college or at work.

Adhering and respecting the school’s decorum also includes talking to everyone in a calm and respectful manner. Respecting the space everyone needs and discipline.

Shivneri School students.
  • Sexual harassment:-

Before hiring anybody at Shivneri boarding school we run a thorough background check and make sure that they are safe enough to be around kids. As parents, teachers and people we always want to be able to give our kids the best of everything. We flinch every-time our kid falls down while playing and we can’t even imagine anything bad happening to them.  But as parents and teachers and staff we can’t keep an eye on every student every minute of every day. Sexual harassment or assault is something that is not a pleasant topic to discuss however it must be done for the safety of our children.

Kids must be able to differentiate between a good touch and a bad touch between any and everybody. Kids should never be afraid of telling their parents what’s bothering them especially in delicate cases like these. It could be a student exploiting their peers or any adult. They must be told to never be afraid to yell, ask for help and keeping mum is never the solution.

  • Feelings.

We all know the struggle of trying to explain something to our kids. Sometimes we as parents fail to understand their point of view and sometimes kids can’t open up to their parents due to the fear of being yelled at. A home where there is an open relationship between the children and parents is a healthy one. Kids feel just as must as we adults do. It’s important for parents to listen to what troubles them instead of not acknowledging their feeling at all. Kids who aren’t afraid of talking to their parents are kids who grow up to be more secure and fear less.

When addressing the topic of school or any important topic one must also take into consideration the age of the kid they are talking to. One must stay alert and must be careful. If you emphasize too much on a particular word, it may stress kids out and cause problems. Young kids pick up on their parent’s nonverbal cues. When parents feel guilty or worried, kids will probably sense that. The more calm and assured you are, the more trust your child places on you.

We at Shivneri boarding school believe that parents who talk to their kids on a regular basis ask them about their day, help them with their homework are likely to perform better in school. The job of a parent is never ending. Even when we are busy with work, we are always thinking about our kids and the most important thing for us is their welfare. We urge parents to pay active part in the lives of their kids as them about school, their friends, if there was anything that was bothering them.

Talking to them on a regular basis and establish a relationship based on love, trust and mutual understanding.