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Tips to starting the school year on the right foot Ok, so you're in the stretch. Kids and parents are exhausted and ready for break from the routines and rituals of the school year. Instead of just burying the books and worn out agendas as soon as the school doors close, take a few minutes to review the year with your kids. This can help your kid to finish the school-year with a sense of closure and accomplishment; they are, after all, another year wiser! Here are some questions you may want to ask your child: 1. What was the best thing about this past school year? 2. What advice would you give to kids going into the grade you've just completed? 3.What would you like to be different next year? And what could you do to make that happen? 4. Worst part of the school year? Could you do anything to ensure it doesn’t happen again? 5. Do you have the same friends now that you did at the beginning of the year? If not, what is it about your new friends that makes them friends? 6. Do you feel good about how you treated your friends this year? If not, what can you do to be a better friend next year? 7. Did your friends treat you well this year? 8. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being FANTASTIC, how would you rate this school year overall?

NOW, ask yourself the same questions! If you find you or your child's answers are more negative than positive, it's really important to understand what changes could help make next year a more positive experience. This might mean more communication with the school, greater support from the wider school community including social workers and other parents, or ensuring your child spends more time focussing on activities/subjects that play to his/her strengths. Many kids have a tough year here and there: growing up is hard! So don't be discouraged. Keep moving forward‌

Finish Strong!  

Empowering kids to finish the school year with greater confidence and self-awareness

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