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It's okay to reset!

Whether your child struggled during the first half of the school year or just want to improve upon their previous successes, the new year is the offers up a mind set-opportunity to "start over."

So how can you encourage your child to embrace this chance to start fresh and make the most of their studies in the coming months? Let's go:

Set a renewed intention with small, attainable goals. These goals should be specific, achievable, and actionable. Encourage your child to break down their goals into smaller, more manageable tasks, and to set deadlines for completing those tasks.

New year, new routine! Establishing a new routine can help your child feel more organized and in control, which can improve their overall well-being and mental clarity. Consider setting aside specific times for studying, doing homework, and participating in extracurricular activities.

Be an "encourager." Encourage your child to adopt healthy habits, such as eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated. These habits can help improve energy levels and overall well-being. Encourage relaxation by helping your child find ways to unwind after a long day of school. This might include activities like reading, listening to music, or spending time with friends and family. Offer your child emotional support, and let them know that you are there for them. This can help boost their confidence and motivation.

Above all, hold fast that there is strength in seeking support. If your child is struggling with anything, don't be afraid to seek support from teachers, tutors, or other resources. No one - and yes that includes you as a parent - is expected to know or be able to do everything on their own. Take advantage of the many resources in Rockingham County here to help your child succeed in school. We will cover some of those pockets of treasures in an upcoming blog post, meanwhile, remember that learning is a joy that lasts a lifetime. You are the best example of that for your child.

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