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Back at school

back-to-schoolIt’s that time of year gain where change for you and your children is imminent. Back-to-school can be exciting, stressful, and everything in between which can lead to stressed parents and stressed children!

As a parent, I have learned some practical solutions to common back-to-school hassles that will make the year ahead less stressful for you as a parent, but also allowing your children to be more responsible.

  1. STAY POSITIVE

Starting a new school, or a new grade has a mix of excitement and fear. A new school experience is exciting – there is so much to learn and experience, but also frightening with the new faces, places and culture to adjust to.

The best advice is to be open-minded and make the most of it! Things at school are bound to be different from your own experiences. With an open mind you will be able to see that the school environment is the best for your children to thrive. Celebrate the experience of your child being somewhere new with new people. As scary as it may be at times, the excitement that comes with it is something you should embrace.

  1. CREATE ROUTINES

The busier your day-to-day life is, the more you benefit from routines. Routines are your daily habits, the things that you do the same way at the same time. Routines help children feel safe and secure because they know that certain things happen at certain times. Since routines help children know what’s expected, children are generally more cooperative as a result and through consistent repetition these routines can help build their independence from a very young age right through to college. (But let’s not rush it!)

Quick steps:

  • Take a few minutes out of your day
  • Think about each step you take to get ready and get out of the house in the morning, afternoon and evening
  • Post the routine on the fridge or visible area in your home

Note: you can make additions or corrections as needed.  Once you’ve got it tweaked, you can take a few minutes to type it up if you like.  But don’t feel you have to have it perfect.  Life changes, so will your routines!

  1. ESTABLISH FUN TRADITIONS

Establishing a fun back-to-school tradition is a nice way to begin the year with your children. Here are some ideas that won’t cost you too much!

back-to-school-savings-ftr1Make the first day extra special!

Take a picture of each child on their first day back to school. Go the extra mile and have your child hold up a small sign marked with the date and a favorite activity or what he/she wants to be when they grow up.

Treat your children

Have a special Mom and child and/or Dad and child date at the end of the first week of school or at the end of the 1st month back at school. Let your children choose where to go and enjoy some time out together before the homework, practices and extra-lessons kick in.

 

Why parenting

IMG_6968_1The experience on the ground demonstrates that from time to time, the environment in which children are raised significantly affects their intellectual, physical, social and emotional development. Environmental factors that have been identified as placing children at risk for poor development include the following, among others:

  • Poverty.
  • Low parental involvement in shaping the future of their children.
  • Crime.
  • Substance Abuse.

The role of parents is paramount in the development of healthy children. Parents who are able to employ positive parenting practices and create nurturing homes and harmonious family life are a precious resource. A society that supports and enables parents in their most important capacity of raising children is making a worthwhile investment in the future of its citizens.

 

 

Parents Corner

GloriaLetter from Gloria Khoza on Parenting

Letter from Gloria Khoza on Parenting

Raising toddlers, tweens or teenagers could leave you frustrated, worried, stressed and feeling guilty because things do not always work the way we wish them to…but working on Raising Roots I have learned a few things that can provide some relief.

Over the years, Raising Roots has developed programmes and curriculae that can make parenting children and teenagers less difficult and stressful, and this way Raising Roots has helped many parents, caregivers and teachers to gain more knowledge, patience and confidence in their parenting.

As a parent myself, and my active involvement on a parenting programme in Diepsloot, I have learned that parenting should not be a struggle, especially if you are equipped with the right knowledge and information that will build a healthy relationship with your children. Parenting comes down to knowing how to relate to your child; understanding what is behind some of their outbursts, so you can deal with them the right way; and building a strong, co-operative and understanding relationship that can stand the test of time. Knowing what to do as a parent ensures that your kids know they are loved, and wanted no matter what – and most importantly that they have you as a role model on how to live a rewarding life!

Parenting is not easy, but I want to assure you that you are doing a great job! And through positive parenting, your kids will turn out just fine…

Please go through our tips that can help you with back-to-school

Raising Roots in Diepsloot

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Through funding from the Gauteng Department of Social Development (GDSD), an innovative parenting programme for the Diepsloot community was developed, targeting parents, caregivers and teachers with much needed information to ensure that children are safer, healthier and well-rounded individuals.

It is our belief that Raising Roots parenting programme is truly making a valuable difference in the lives of individuals, communities and familes. The difference we are making lies in the Parenting Support Groups that have been running in Diepsloot since August 2014. This is what people have had to say:

 

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