1. Parents listen to your children, and pay attention to what they are saying. Seek first to understand and then to be understood.
2. Take time to talk with your children about their needs, hopes, dreams and aspirations.
3. Be aware that sometimes their body language, their tone of voice, change of dress or attitude may be a red flag that something is troubling them.
4. Read and discuss the school’s student handbook with them. It is important to know the school rules, and requirements such as attendance (absences and lateness) and homework.
5. Parents of new or transferred students, it is helpful to encourage them to make friends and to discuss their concerns about the schools expectations.
6. It is helpful for students to have a set space in which to do their homework.
7. Keep your child on a schedule that includes getting enough sleep and eating appropriate and nourishing foods.
8. Eating meals as a family helps with family relationships and is often an indirect way to learn about what is going on in your child's lives.
9. If your son or daughter has any unusual needs or has an illness that may interfere with school performance (diabetes, for example), it is important to let his or her school nurse know this.
10. If you have a concern, please contact the school and utilize all of the great resources that are available to you through the Charleston County School District. Remember, for your convenience The Parent Education Center is open Mon-Fri from 8am-4pm. We want to help!