Tips for raising school-aged kids: The FAQ and some helpful answers

Tips for raising school-aged kids: The FAQ and some helpful answers

Raising school-aged kids isn’t the same game than raising toddlers. It’s miles away from dealing with teens, yet it still has its own unique challenges. Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about this parenting stage, and how to deal with them.


Help with raising school-aged kids

1. When is the best time to put a pre-schooler to bed?

According to the experts, 5-year-olds need between 10 and 13 hours of sleep per night. If you’re raising school-aged kids, they still need anywhere between 9 and 12 hours per night. If you wake your kid up at 7 a.m for school, he needs to be in bed by 9 p.m at the latest.


2. How do I deal with a picky eater?

The parenting pros advise against making separate meals for picky eaters. But the real key is how you, as a parent, react to your kid’s picky eating antics. Stay as calm as possible and don’t make threats or dish out punishment. The last thing you want to do is to increase stress and create negative mealtime experiences. Get your kids involved in the kitchen and serve up some familiar favourites along with new foods. Don’t allow your kids to snack before meals and try eating together as a family.


3. Is it okay to spank your kids?

According to most of the research out there, it’s not effective to discipline kids by spanking them. In fact, it might even cause more damage in the long run. Spanking is something that is believed to lead to aggression, anti-social behaviour, mental health issues, low self-esteem, and impaired cognitive ability. Adults who were hit as kids are also more likely to feel depressed, attempt suicide, drink heavily or use drugs. Of course, your kids do need boundaries and rules, but according to current evidence, physical punishment isn’t the way to go.


4. Does timeout work when raising school-aged kids?

Timeout works to decrease problematic behaviour, as long as you don’t misuse it. The strategy can only work effectively if timeouts are brief and used as a response to specific behaviours.


5. How do you discuss the bird and the bees with school-aged kids?

Talking to your kids about sex isn’t a bunch of fun, but it still needs to be done. You need to address the questions of sexual development and the idea of developing a sexual identity. Start in the early preschool days by teaching your kids about the proper names for body parts. Gradually teach them more before you get to the details like sex and puberty, which is best saved until they’re 8 or 9 years old.

By Seldean Smith

Seldean is a full-time single mom and avid contributor to the Kiddles website. Her hobbies include discovering awesome new places and spaces for kids and writing content that resonates with the hearts of other parents.

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