Preparing Your Child for the New School Year – Lots of Tips to Make It Their BEST Year Yet!

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In this episode:

  • Let’s Get Social: Ways to Help Your Child Make Friends in School
  • Do you know the difference between ‘Encouragement & Praise’ and the BIG difference it can make to your child’s confidence?
  •  Sue Atkins in Conversation with Vijay Solanki Co-founder & CEO of the ParentalEQ app,  marketing director at Shazam; global innovation at Philips & Unilever & TEDx speaker



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After a chaotic pandemic school year, help your kids get back on track this new school year with Sue Atkins – helpful Back-to-school Tips for Parents – 9 practical daily tips to kick start your new term

Do you know the difference between ‘Encouragement & Praise’ and the BIG difference it can make to your child’s confidence?


Answer : 

Take time to observe and understand how your child socialises

  • Start with a “fly on the wall” approach. Attend a few activities at school (or sports after school) and pay close attention to how your child interacts with others. Do they behave differently than their “norm” at home? If so, why?
  • Chat to his teacher and dinner ladies or Classroom Assistant to see what they notice and say.
  • Your child may have a tough time starting conversations. They may have anxiety in large groups or a fear of public speaking, and that keeps them from engaging meaningfully with other children. Do they prefer to keep to themselves and observe instead of joining in?

Depending on what behaviour you see, you can then decide where to focus your attention, what skills need building and how you can contribute. “Trust your instincts, because you know your son the best.

  • Model positive social behaviour. Children really do learn by example, so be mindful of how you interact with others.

Every time you strike up conversations with friends or neighbours, or even the check-out person at the Supermarket, your child is aware. Almost every scenario becomes a learning opportunity, allowing your child to see how you join in, negotiate and problem-solve.

  • Role play at home. If your child finds it difficult to start conversations at lunch or during free time at school, sit down and practice at home. Discuss what topics interest them that he might talk about with other kids. Test different options until he finds something that comes naturally.

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That was Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy ‘ – Sue Atkins’ Alternative to the Naughty Step.

I was getting things ready for my ‘Can Do Kid ~ Confidence Classes’ a few years ago, which is where I help children feel good about themselves, and help them to develop a ‘Can Do’ attitude to life, when I decided to use a fun button that says That was EASY PEASY – Lemon Squeezy 



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A positive approach is really the most successful and best way to guide your child’s behaviour.

This means giving your child attention when they behave well, rather than just applying consequences when they do something you don’t like.

No matter how old your children are, your praise and encouragement will help them feel good about themselves.

Boosting their long term  self-esteem and confidence.

The Easy Peasy – Lemon Squeezy Button is a simple and easy way to reward the behaviour you like, and want to see more of, while encouraging your children to have fun at the same time.

The “naughty step” is really becoming a thing of the past as it is a rather negative way to discipline your child.

The ‘Easy Peasy – Lemon Squeezy Button’ allows you to record  a short message of yourself saying ‘That was Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy’ via the built-in microphone and speaker – to motivate & encourage your child to brush their teeth, do their homework, tidy away their toys!



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