Preparing for Change
For anyone with a child in year 6 this term might be a tough one. Moving to secondary school is a significant marker in any family, the time when a child starts to become a young person with a more independent identity out there in the world. The days when you know everyone they spend time with, everything they do and what things matter to them are coming to an end.
Every child starting secondary school hast to make a lot of changes to their routine, their friendship group and their way of behaving in order to make the most of their new experiences. To me as someone who works with parents and children this period of time is crucial for several reasons;
the preteen years are a time of enormous growth and development with most children ready to take on the challenges and rewards of new experiences. For parents it's a time to start changing the way you manage your child and begin to move from being their conscience to being their coach. This means allowing them to take managed risks and to learn from them, to take on new responsibilities which are clearly linked to privileges and expecting them to manage their relationships, including those with you, respectfully and independently.
For the first time ever I've put together a three session course for parents called 'Preparing for change' which is running in several different venues this term. I have aimed it at parents of children in year 5 and 6 and it's all about how to help you and your child make the changes necessary for the coming years. Check out details on my 'Parent workshops' page.
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