Helping Your Child Thrive in a New School: 5 Tips for a Smooth Start

Starting a new school can be an exciting yet nerve-wracking experience for children. The unfamiliar environment, new faces, and different routines can all contribute to a mix of emotions. As a parent, you play a crucial role in helping your child transition smoothly into their new educational journey. In this blog post, we’ll explore five effective ways to introduce a new school to your child, ensuring a positive and successful start.

  1. Visit the School Together: Before the first day of school, arrange a visit to the campus with your child. Exploring the classrooms, playground, cafeteria, and other facilities can help your child become familiar with their new surroundings. Point out interesting areas, talk about the activities they might do there, and encourage them to ask questions. Meeting teachers, administrators, and potential classmates during this visit can help ease the anxiety of the unknown.
  2. Build a Positive Narrative: Discuss the upcoming change with your child in a positive light. Emphasize the exciting opportunities the new school offers, like new friends to make, interesting subjects to learn, and fun activities to participate in. Share stories about how transitions have been positive in the past, showcasing that change can lead to great experiences. Creating a positive narrative can shape your child’s perception and outlook towards the new school.
  3. Involve Them in Preparation: Involve your child in the process of preparing for their new school. Take them shopping for school supplies and let them pick out items they like. Involvement in choosing their backpack, notebooks, and other supplies can help them feel a sense of ownership and control over the situation. Also, consider involving them in planning their daily routine and discussing how their day might unfold.
  4. Arrange Playdates or Orientation Sessions: If possible, try to arrange playdates or orientation sessions with other students who will be attending the same school. Familiar faces on the first day can make a significant difference in how comfortable your child feels. These interactions before the official start can help form connections, reduce apprehension, and give your child a sense of belonging.
  5. Maintain Open Communication: Encourage your child to express their feelings and concerns about the new school openly. Listen attentively to their worries and address them with empathy and understanding. Keep lines of communication open not only before the first day but also during the initial weeks of school. Regularly ask about their experiences, listen to their stories, and celebrate their successes, no matter how small.

Introducing a new school to your child requires patience, empathy, and active involvement. By employing these five effective strategies – visiting the school together, building a positive narrative, involving them in preparation, arranging social interactions, and maintaining open communication – you can help your child navigate this transition successfully. Remember that every child’s journey is unique, so tailor your approach to suit your child’s personality and needs. With your unwavering support, your child will be well-equipped to embark on this new chapter with confidence and excitement.

Grandmaster Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

12 Things To Look For In A Good Martial Arts School

Master Jonathan Field talks about the 12 Things To Look For In A Good Martial Arts School when deciding where to sign your child or yourself up for martial arts lessons, whether it be Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Judo, Karate, and etc,. Some of the topics you should look out for are; is the school clean, they do teach actually martial arts, do they have insurance, what rank are the instructors, are they certified, and much more…

Master Jonathan Field



– Get ready for the upcoming school year

– Saturday August 21, 2021

– Elementary (6-12yrs old) at 12pm to 1:30pm

– High School/College (13yrs & Up) at 2pm to 4pm

– Workshops for:

– Mother/Daughter

– Father/Daughter

– Guardian/Daughter

– Boyfriend/Girlfriend

– Husband/Wife

– Friend/Friend


School Safety Tips For Girls | Women’s Self Defense

School Safety Tips For Girls taught by Ma’am Cheryl Sanders and Master Jonathan Field, the Co-Founders of Empowered teach women and young girls various school safety tips so that girls can defend themselves on and off school property. Young girls need to know how to protect themselves from strangers and bullies. Empowered helps build their confidence and inner strength. Various school safety tips for girls is covered in this video on how to keep safe at school.

Master Jonathan Field


Good Morning

Just wanted to wish everyone a great first day back to school. And a first day for everyone who has not yet been to school. I hope you learn lots and have fun doing so. Just remember that it may seem like you have a lot to do this year and you may wonder how you are going to get it all done? Don’t worry about it. Just focus on each day and everything will look after itself.

Also just a reminder that we are starting our Hyper Bully Defense program tomorrow during the 5:30pm class. This program will run for 12 weeks on Wednesdays and is open to all our junior students and their friends free of charge. Students will learn how to deal with bullies, how to help others with bullying, the stages of bullying, different types of bullying, and so forth. So hope to see all the junior students during these classes and bring your friends and share the knowledge.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do