Your kids will pick up on a range of school-learnt behaviours over the years. Here are some of the biggest problems and how you can help ensure your kid doesn’t get stuck onto them.
The worst school-learnt behaviours
Gossiping is an almost irresistible pastime in our culture, and it’s one of the most widespread school-learnt behaviours ever. The problem with gossip is that it’s rude and prone to serious backfiring. Teach your kids to talk respectfully to and about others. Teach them about how rude and disrespectful gossiping is and how much it hurts to be gossiped about.
Going back to school can provoke anxiety in kids, particularly the ones that are prone to get nervous. Nervous behaviours include nail biting, hair pulling, lip chewing and thumb sucking. Talk to your kid about this if it happens, and let them know that it’s okay to have these feelings. Help them find positive solutions and alternate ways to deal with their anxiety.
A lot of schools allow kids to use their phones during lunch and recess. Sometimes, it gets so extreme that kids spend all their free time in school glued to their screens. The solution, although it’s not painless, is relatively simple. You either have to pull the plug or set some boundaries for your kids. Don’t allow your kid to take his or her phone to school and set rules for screen time at home.
The school environment can really bring out the whining at home. Kids tend to find a lot of inconveniences to rant about at home, like the homework, their teacher, or their friends. It’s annoying and will leave you wanting to argue back. But the best approach to dealing with it is just to ignore it. The less response they get to their whining, the less likely they’ll be to keep doing it.
Junk food bingeing
At home, you can ensure that your kids eat healthy meals and snacks. But it’s a free-for-all of chips, gummy candy, and greasy foods at school. The school tuck shops are stacked to the brim with junk food, and your kids might not have the self-control to make healthier choices when they’re not at home. Although you can’t control the school tuck shop’s products, your best bet is to pack them healthy choices for lunch.
Kids are prone to learn at least a handful of colourful new words at school in addition to their existing vocabulary. But just because it’s part of a kid’s development doesn’t mean you have to tolerate it. Plus, there are ways to stop it. Cursing is a problem best solved as soon as it happens. Stay calm, ask them where they heard it if they know what it means, and why they are using it. Once they explain, help them come up with different ways to express the same feeling.