When I wrote, My Second Year of Kindergarten, my goal was to provide parents and educators with an additional resource to help a child understand the process of repeating a grade. It was also a way to view this process as a positive and empowering process. For many parents, this process can feel isolating and awkward and I wanted to provide some tips and resources for my readers.
To listen to a podcast about My Second Year of Kindergarten with Penny Williams, author and advocate, click here.
I discuss the process in length including the ongoing conversation with your child. Here are some quick tips:
- Keep in simple.
- Keep it honest.
- Make it an ongoing conversation.
- Practice scripts that you have responses to questions such as “Why are you in kindergarten again?”
- Be careful to not blame your child (exccellent advice from Penny Williams!)
- Talk to your child in a safe place when you have time to talk (plan out when you are going to talk).
- Discuss with your child’s teacher and principal before telling your child.
- Tell people you trust. This seems obvious but parents tend to tell other parents who tell their kids. You don’t want your child finding out from their friend!
- Be positive!
- Give your child time to express their feelings and validate them.
It is suggested that you work with your school or private child psychologist to discuss these feelings and help you work this process.
Do you want some more resources? Check out these wonderful websites with resources for children with ADHD and/or learning disabilities.
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