The first week of school is over. We know it can be a bit hectic but we hope everyone has adjusted and is smiling. We spent a lot of time discussing the importance of establishing routines for our kids including reading, homework, after school activities and all while keeping a balance so that stress is kept to a minimum.
Once more thing to add to the list, it’s time to remind the kids about safety when you’re not around. Specifically today’s concern is about preventing accidents on the playground. We know that the kids are well supervised during recess, but sometimes things happen despite everyone’s best efforts. Kids are just not as invincible as they think they are. Encourage your children to use the age-appropriate playground equipment and reinforce the correct playground behavior – take turns, no pushing and wait. If there is a problem outside remind them to find an adult to help.
Kids need the freedom to play and explore. Taking some risks is natural and one of the ways kids learn. But let’s keep them safe by supervising them, and before they take too big a risk, explain the possible consequences of their actions. They may not be interested in listening but you, the parent, as the ultimate teacher, have to get the message across. Once they get it, it’s a win-win for everyone.