It's that time again! We're over halfway done with summer!
How is your son feeling about the upcoming school year? Is he excited? Nervous? Ready? What are his goals for this year? What do you hope your son achieves?
A new school year marks a new beginning for your son – a fresh start that's overflowing with exciting opportunities to:
- Try new things
- Make new friends
- Get back on or improve his college prep track
- Realize this potential academically and socially
We know that you want your son to be happy and find success. If your son's previous school year didn't go as planned – where he had difficulty in certain subjects and earned poor grades, struggled to maintain healthy relationships, or didn't show enthusiasm to learn and participate in sports or extracurricular activities – there's an urgency to help him kick this school year off on the right foot.
To have an active and impressionable role in helping your son reignite his motivation to be the best version of himself in and out of the classroom, use these five tips:
1. Help your son set goals and expectations.
Success and achievement are realized through set goals, clear expectations, and a game plan for when and how these objectives will be achieved. To help your son set realistic expectations about this upcoming school year, spend some time asking him these 15 questions of reflection. By discussing questions like,
- Discuss what you accomplished this past school year.
- What accomplishment are you most proud of?
- If you could, what would you change about this past school year? Why?
You and your son can begin to lay a solid foundation for this new school year.
After you've spent time reflecting and establishing new expectations, help your son set goals for this school year. Help him navigate his thoughts by asking him:
- What do you hope to accomplish this school year – academically and personally?
- What new activities and sports do you want to try?
- What kind of grades would you like to achieve?
- How do you want to grow your friendships?
2. Work with your son to establish a daily schedule.
The new school year holds more challenging course work, a more involved schedule, different teachers, and more dynamic relationships. Your son will find more success in all of his endeavors if he creates and sticks to a schedule. Be sure his schedule includes:
- Time for homework and studying
- Time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Time to connect with family and friends
- Time for physical activity
- Time to perform household duties, like picking up his room, putting his laundry away, walking the dog (or taking care of any pets), taking out the trash, etc.
- Time for regular hygiene habits, like showering, brushing his teeth, etc.
- Time to unwind and relax
- A set bedtime
3. Have one-on-one time with your son.
Once you and your son create and agree on what his new daily or weekly schedule will be, help your son make the most of his time spent connecting with family and friends. In the beginning of the school year, it's especially important that you and your son touch base once a day, even if it's just for ten minutes.
This purposeful and meaningful time can help you keep up with what's happening in your son's life, what recent successes he's had, where he needs more support, and how you can step in to help.
4. Connect with your son's teachers on a regular basis.
Your son's teachers spend a lot of time with him, and they can provide a wealth of information and insights into how he's doing academically and socially. Request a re-occurring meeting with your son's teachers to touch base on his performance. Be sure to share your latest experiences and insights on your son, too. This will help your son's teachers provide even better support.
5. Reach out to other parents.
Parents of your son's friends and acquaintances are great people to get to know. Creating a strong circle of connections with other parents will help you feel more comfortable with who he's hanging out with. Connecting with other parents will also provide you and your son an added layer of support and friendship.
This school year can be the start of your son's true transformation. If you feel your son may need a new academic environment that's focused on his individual academic, social, and emotional needs, discover Grand River Academy's all-boys college prep boarding school in Ohio.
With year-round open enrollment, your son can take control of his education and finish his high school career strong.