Get Off to a Great Start this School Year
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Our kids start back to school this month, and I want to make sure our year goes smoothly. What are some steps I can take to help make this happen? – Here’s To A Good Year
To make the school year go smoothly, a family discussion is a good starting place. Talk about the things that worked well last year and identify those that didn’t. Focus on such everyday activities as the time to get up, go to bed, eat, and when to do homework.
It’s also important to discuss how the children will organize getting everything ready for the new school day such as getting forms signed and handling lunch. Early agreement on all these things is vital. Nothing, however, should be written in stone. Routines can and should be changed if they are not working.
Once the nitty-gritty of each day is organized, parents need to focus on the things they can do to make the school year function as a whole better. For many families, the answer is to slow schedules down so parents and children can avoid feeling exhausted and tense from too many activities. A steady diet of rushing to ballet, sports, and clubs for kids, while parents jam in meetings and exercise classes can just about eliminate the chance for everyone to relax and enjoy family time.
Additionally, try to make the supper hour a time when your family gathers to eat and share conversation, about one another’s day, current events, or life in general. This helps to keep lines of communication open, and conveys to your child that you are interested in his or her day-to-day experiences. Set the groundwork when your child is young, and it will make the teen years more manageable.