The beginning of a new school year can be a hectic time for both children and parents. Here are a few ways to keep your head on straight while getting back into the groove of things.
Utilize calendars and to-do lists and make sure these things are placed where the whole family can see them. A dry erase calendar would fit perfectly on a wall in your kitchen or by the front door, and you can always find a magnetic notepad to put your to-do lists on the fridge. Additionally, you could use Google Calendars to organize your busy days and share the calendar with your family to have on the go.
Ask your neighbors and friends with kids if they would be interested in starting a carpooling schedule. Not only is carpooling better for the environment, but it also saves money and time. Carpooling gives you some mornings and afternoons to yourself. Use the time you aren’t on the road with your kids to grab a cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop or read a few pages of your favorite book. You can thank us later.
Reward Good Grades and Behavior
You may have heard of a little thing called positive reinforcement and we are here to tell you “It works!” It can be difficult for your kids to get back into the swing of school at the beginning of the year, especially if they are starting at a new school. You want them to know that you are proud of them for enduring new routines, new subjects, new teachers, and new friends. When they are doing well in school and behaving nicely, treat them to an afternoon playing putt putt, go karts, the arcade, or any of the exciting attractions at Charleston Fun Park.