To make the morning go a little more smoothly, try doing some of the school morning routines at night. For example, if you and your child pick out school clothes, pack lunches, and prepare backpacks all before bed, then you have three less things to worry about in the morning.
Tip of the Day August 16
School success starts at home. Create a homework center, a specific area in the house (such as an office desk or the kitchen table) where your child can do homework each evening. Make sure that it’s stocked with enough supplies, such as pencils, erasers, paper, a folder or two, and a calculator.
Tip of the Day August 15
Encourage your child to do something super sweet for Dad or Mom this week: take out the garbage, mow the lawn, or wash the car. A little hint: the more they’re praised for their wonderful work, the more your kids will want to help out!
Tip of the Day August 14
Start changing your child’s sleep and eating schedules to match the school’s schedule. Most kids have gotten into a summer schedule where they sleep in late and eat breakfast and lunch at odd hours.
Tip of the Day August 13
Do good together! Kids crave quality time, so why not bond over a cause you both care about? Walk dogs from an animal shelter, volunteer to do handyman work for neighbors, or bring treats or flowers to nursing home residents.
Have a seat! Got an old chair or table sitting in storage? Let your kid go crazy with paints, stickers, markers, and more to give it a new look. They’ll be so proud, and you might just wind up with some fabulously funky furniture.
Tip of the Day August 10
Grab a stuffed animal, or a spouse, and role play out some of the potentially stressful scenarios your child may encounter during the new school year: making friends, interacting with older kids, and meeting strangers.
Tip of the Day August 9
Build a family fort! Choose the corner of a room where your child can rearrange tall furniture and drape large blankets to create a secret hideaway filled with pillows, toys, and stuffed animals.
Tip of the Day August 8
Try to schedule a brief introduction with your child’s teacher before school starts, or send your child’s teacher an e-mail introducing yourself. Your enthusiasm will give teachers a positive outlook on parent involvement in the classroom.