Be on the same page as their teachers


School is back – the routine is back and hopefully your children are settled into the new school year. If your children are new at their school they will be getting used to new relationships, new teachers, new systems.


You may or may not have had a chance to meet their teachers, but one thing you can be sure of they will be doing the following:

  • establishing a routine with their students (your children)
  • getting the ground rules in place, and
  • starting to learn the individual characteristics of each student in their class. 

You only have one, or two, or three, or four.... They have between 20 and 30!

What can you do as parents to ensure your children get a good start?

  1. When your children come home complaining it is not fair / different/ not right – give them a break. Give the teachers time to establish their relationships before you judge. Next term might be different.
  2. Establish a routine at home to mirror or replicate the routine the teachers are trying to establish. Homework time, books in one place, bags packed the night before ready for the next day.
  3. Don’t believe everything they say is verbatim – I remember one parent teacher meeting when the teacher said ‘I promise not to believe everything your children say about home if you promise not to believe everything they say about school’. Sure – there are things you need to take seriously, but there are two sides to every story. Your job is to diplomatically establish the truth!