As the young parents are thinking about sending their son or daughter to boarding school, Aparnaa World School offers the following suggestions and guidance from one parent to another. Now a day’s transferring from a public high school to a boarding school is a big deal for parents. But it is the biggest deal for your child. Because you literally are pulling him/her from those familiar surroundings and routines, your child has known ever since birth. While we understand that every young parents views change differently, the reality is that going off to boarding school is a very big change. With that in mind, let’s you and Aparnaa World School look at some of the things can be done to facilitate this change.
Make your child acquainted with what’s involved:
Your child should familiarize with boarding school by involving themself in the process from the beginning. In other words, don’t present the idea as though the deal is done. If your child thinks that going off to boarding school is their idea, then you are off to a good start. The main thing to understand is that your child’s frame of reference will be different from yours. They will focus on the instant changes to their familiar routine. They will have strong feelings about leaving home and their family and friends. They won’t be thinking for future or about the benefits which a boarding school education can provide her
Aparnaa World School advises that you engage an experienced educational consultant right from the beginning of your boarding school search process. The consultant’s expertise will assure you that the schools to which you apply are indeed good fit with your child needs and requirements. After all, you want your child to be happy in her new school.
Alleviate their fears:
Parents understand that teenagers can and will make mountains out of anthill. So, listen and let them know that you are listening. Offer advice and if they don’t want to receive your very sound advice, then find a family member or friend who is very friendly to offer that advice. Remember that a prophet is without honor in his own country, meaning that your message may be right, but your child is not receiving it. They will listen to somebody else whom they consider is impartial.
They will be less anxious about going off to boarding school if you can show them things which will please them, such as having their own horse at school or a fine swimming pool in which to swim. If They takes music lessons, arrange a meeting with their new teacher. Take them to a concert to hear their new instructor perform or give them a recording of the new teacher.
Alleviate any health concerns before they become real concerns. For example, if they take medications or have a chronic ailment, explain how they will have a health professional to turn to on campus 24/7. Essentially what you want to do is eliminate as many of your child’s concerns as you can. Once you do that, all they have to do is focus on their schoolwork and their new friends. They can make the transition from public to boarding school a smooth process for them with some thought and care in anticipating their views
Accentuate the positive:
Mollifying a child out of the nest is a process. Take your time. Think through what you will do and say to make your child comfortable with leaving home. After all, that is all they have known for the past fourteen or fifteen years. They have a routine. They have family and friends. They probably have had the same classmates for the last ten years. And now you want to pull them from everything they know and love?
We think you can see where we are going with this process. You must start several years in advance. Highlight the positive aspects of a residential school. Start with things they really enjoy, such as a sport or an activity. As we mentioned before, if he/she is a rider, take them to an equestrian event at a boarding school. Let the admissions staff know in advance so that they can surprise them with a tour of the stables and the rest of the school facilities. Gradually they become comfortable with the idea of leaving home and going to a residential school. Boarding schools have so much to offer their students. But you have to take the lead and show them over a period of a year or so what those advantages for them are.
Boarding school athletic programs offer a wide variety of sports with superb facilities to match. Boarding schools can do so thanks to the magnanimity of their alumni who appreciate what their schools have done for them. Take them to a game. Expose them to the richness of boarding school athletic programs most of which use their teachers as coaches.
The same approach applies to extracurricular activities. Boarding schools offer tons of activities which are supervised by the teachers. Public schools tend to cut back on athletics and extracurricular activities due to financial constraints. Boarding schools tend to do the opposite. They will enhance their existing programs and even add new ones as market conditions warrant.