I know it seems impossible. It still is summer, but by now almost all children are back in school. This can be an exciting time and a stressful time. Both you as a parent and your child want this to be the best school year ever. Here are some tips to make this happen:
Allow plenty of time for morning routines. Give your child more time than you think necessary to get up, get dressed, and have a good breakfast. You don’t want to start off school mornings with both of you stressed. This is easier, of course, if everyone had a good night’s sleep the night before.
Teach your child to be self-sufficient. Certainly at the beginning of the school year you will monitor his school preparations and homework habits but then begin to back off. Also reinforce self-reliance by having him do chores at home as well.
Make and keep contact with the school. Meet the teacher early on. At home speak positively about the school and the teacher. Know who else is important at the school for your child – the secretary, administration, nurse, janitor, lunchroom help, and other teachers. If possible, volunteer at the school. There is not better way to know what is really going on than to volunteer. It also shows your child that you think he and his school is important.
Don’t over commit your time or your child’s. Limit after school activities. Allow some down time and time to do things together.
Have a communication center that incorporates school activities. Put up a calendar where all home and school events are recorded. Put together a notebook or folder that holds contact numbers, school events, days homework is sent home for review, and any correspondence.
Provide a good example. Let your child see you reading and enjoying it. Take a class and let your child see you study. Go to the library together. Do some educational field trips.
Have family meetings. Let everyone have a chance to share their wins and concerns. Really listen.
Enjoy the journey!
Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer