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Saturday 13-Aug-2016
【信報:寄宿學校攻略】寄宿創傷?(下)

上次提及,有心理學家指部分寄宿學生因年幼時缺乏適當的情感關注,長大後或出現不擅長表達情緒等情況,惟研究亦表明並非人人也會經歷同一問題。

 

四大注意點

我認為,入讀寄宿學校對孩子的心理影響是好是壞,取決於所規劃的升學之路是否符合學生性格和成長需要。

 

入學年紀-雖然我自9歲便入讀英國寄宿,但這年紀未必適合所有學生。因此,也有很多學生選擇13歲時才升讀當地Year 9(相等於本港中三課程),除了因為此年給學額較充裕,孩子亦已有一定的獨立和自理能力去解決生活難題。事實上,有份提出寄宿弊病的心理學家亦曾表示,13歲孩子的心智已達一定程度,新生活的衝擊相對較少。當然,年幼學生出發前若對新生活有足夠認知,如跟父母一起搜集資訊及參加升學講座,亦能減少很多不必要的迷茫。

 

選校-從方便學生適應的角度而言,我主張入讀全體學生每周留宿7天的全寄宿學校(Full Boarding),否則當地學生如一到周末便會回家度假,留校港生難免會感到寂寞。另外,很多家長會傾向選擇較少華人學生的學校,然而小朋友如天生害羞,「同聲同氣」的同學將有助他加快融入,而且亞洲學生出名勤力,隨時能帶動孩子努力學習。

 

事前準備-寄宿學校的作息時間甚又規律,上網時間多受到限制,家長可以在小朋友開學前御先調節其生活習慣,包括早睡早起和減少玩電腦。另外,如金錢時間許可,很多學校均歡迎感興趣的親子到校參觀,亦可以讓小朋友上暑期班等短期課程,小試牛刀。

 

保持聯絡-有地域距離,不等於少了溝通。基本上,學生每天均有自由時間透過電話或視像等形式跟家人聯絡。當然,聯絡物度因人而異,子女打電話的次數若有所減少,或因他已有新的社會圈子,正享受著愉快的宿舍生活,最重要的是要讓他們感受到父母的關愛,會隨時傾聽他的煩惱。

 

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原文:http://www1.hkej.com/dailynews/culture/article/1355054/

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