An orientation program in school need not always be about the school rules, infrastructure, student duties etc. It can also be about assisting parents working on the child’s behavior and developing a positive attitude towards school and studies.
On 1st June, 2019 – two days before the school starts, i was the resource person for the parental orientation program. I know that each level of school life will have its own benefits and challenges. so i had decided to not conduct a overall workshop but talk to parental groups individually who identify themselves with their children studying in either of the levels- Nursery. primary, middle and high school.
So 3 sessions were conducted with the following topics and the related concerns.
Session 1: Parental concerns of a Pre-Schooler- This was one of the most important and the very first session. It’s a time when the parents are filled with happiness that their little bundle of joy has grown big enough to attend school and also worried about how the child will be treated in the real world. Hence the topics addressed in this session included:
- Socialization concerns
- Behavioral Concerns
- Academic Concerns
- and, Teacher-child interaction concerns.
Followed by experience sharing and techniques to equip the child in handling a bully.
Session 2: Parental concerns of young school Children – This session mainly involved parents of primary and middle school. This is the age of exploration and excitement, exposure to new things and peer groups, observational learning. Hence the concerns were related to:
- Negative behaviors
- Aggressive Behavior
- Impulsive behaviour
- Screen time
- Learning disability
- Effective communication.
- Last but not the least – Consistent Parenting
Session 3: This session was aimed at parents of children studying higher secondary and high school. The session which raised many questions and answers could easily be called one of the most curious session. The topics was very relevant to all the doubts parents currently have and helped them understand their childrens’ growing years with more clarity. The discussion was related to:
- Understanding adolescence & Physical changes
- The needs of adolescents
- Effecting communication
- Handling emotions, conflicts and, negotiation
- LAST BUT NOT LEAST – Following consistent Parenting.
Overall it was a a fruitful day with loads of parents taking away new information and techniques to work on and make their parenting and child’s growing years easier and meaningful.