Tips for parents on handling school admissions well

Posted in Games and Brain Stimulation, General, Growing Up, Learning & Development on Monday, February 2nd, 2015

All parents want the very best for their kids, especially when it comes to admission to a reputed school. The admission process can be extremely harrowing and nerve-wracking for parents, given the immense pressure and competition to get a seat at a coveted pre-school or primary school. The following are some useful tips that will help you tackle school interviews and get through the school admissions season without getting stressed.


1. Plan well in advance: Create a list of schools where you would like to try to get your child admitted. India Today and other magazines routinely come up with carefully curated lists of the top schools; you could use that as your base. Plan your schedules well so that you can be there for the day of the admission, and get your leave sanctioned if you need to. Prep your child well and spend some time everyday playing with him/her and going over the things he/she knows. Teach your child how to identify colours, shapes and words in your day-to-day routine so that it comes naturally for him/her when asked at the interviews.
2. Top schools or good schools? The key to having a good array of options is to be realistic. The top schools will have the maximum competition when it comes to getting through. Weigh your options, and include a healthy mix of top schools as well as tier-2 good schools that also have the right kind of environment for your child. Brand names are good to have, but at the end of the day, your child needs to join a good school that will nurture his/her talent and help him/her grow. Always keep this in mind.
3. Help your child prepare well: Use flashcards, games and other fun ways to teach and prep your kid for the interviews. Make it fun for your child, and reward them when they do well on little mock questions that you can keep asking them through the week. Instill confidence in your child and assure him/her you will always be proud of them even if they don’t get through.
4. Don’t put pressure on your child: Some parents get so anxious that they tend to pass on the stress to their child by being too tough on them when it comes to preparation. This is not only unhealthy for your child but will also make him/her more nervous as the interview dates draw nearer. Don’t put pressure or lose your temper if your child is unable to answer correctly when you help him/her prepare. It can be a daunting experience for your child and so you need to show faith in him/her.
5. Accept and move on: If your child does not make it to the dream school you had in mind, don’t stress over it. Too often, parents get caught up in ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ and don’t realize that it’s more important to admit your child to a school that is right for him/her. You will stop feeling stressed once you accept that the school where your child didn’t get through is not the only one, and that’s when you can calmly explore other options.
6. It’s not the end of the world: Finally, take a deep breath, talk to each other about your plans and remember; it’s not the end of the world. There will be feelings of frustration and anger because as a parent it’s hard to understand why these schools don’t see how wonderful your child is. Learn to take it in your stride and focus on other schools that will provide your child with the right space to be happy and confident. Spend time with your children and never let them lose their happiness and playfulness.
School admissions are a busy and hectic time but the process doesn’t have to be stressful – keep reminding yourself of the above so that you don’t let the school admissions season bog you down. Above all, love your children and keep giving them your time and love so that they never feel inadequate amidst all this stress.

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