Episode #19- Back to School: Tips for Success
Usually, when there is a problem at school, if we haven’t had good communication, it is usually our fault. Make sure you are in contact with the teachers.
- Let them know who you are!
- Let them know what your child is working on!
- Let them know what your foster kid’s strengths are.
- Ask them how often they would like you to be in contact with them.
- Give them the best way to contact you. (Email, Phone, Text) And find out what way works best for them as well.
What are some things I could be communication with my teachers about? How often? (at least 1 x week)
- Is my foster child turning in all of their assignments?
- Are they behind with any of their work?
- What could I be working on with them at home?
- Do they have any tests or big assignments coming up?
- How is their behavior in your class?
One of the best forms of communication is Email. It is the best way to have a record of what is being said. Make sure you are being Professional at all times. You want to keep good relationships with your teachers. Make sure you are hearing back from your teachers. It is NOT communication until you both are responding to each other.
Make sure you are attending Parent Teacher Conferences. This is a really good way to show how dedicated you are working.
Use the School note for teachers to communicate with you on how your child is doing in their classroom.
Communicate with the caseworker so they know what you are doing with your foster kids, because we know foster kids would never complain about something to their caseworker. 😉
Family Meeting is another very important thing to do under communication. You want to be willing to communicate with your foster kids about what they expectations are and what they are willing to do. Using family meetings to communicate what the rewards for following the expectations will be.
Make sure you are noticing when your foster kids are doing the expectations and reward those things.
Use things that motivate the youth. If you pick all of the rewards and you think they are amazing, but don’t seem to be working, it is probably because the foster kid does not think these rewards are as awesome as you do.
We use video games a lot at our house for motivation because that is what motivates our kids. But if you have kids in your home that don’t even like video games, that would be a horrible reward to have for them.
Use a bigger reward for bigger things. And use something random like a bowl of candy during study hour if they are staying on task and doing what they are supposed to be doing.
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Ben & Deb Pugh
The Foster Parents