Ask your child what would make his school experience more enjoyable, and see if there’s anything you can do to help. The more your child enjoys going to school, the more engaged he or she will be.
Tip of the Day August 30
Decide on a quick family getaway to celebrate the end of summer. Visit an amusement park, a state park, or a water park, and have fun as a family.
Tip of the Day August 29
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Tip of the Day August 28
Let your child throw a pizza party! Buy pizza crust and sauce, then let your kid top it with a unique combo of cheese, meat and veggies. Try a fruit pizza, too, using cream cheese, berries and bananas. These perfect pizzas are sure to draw lots of ooohs and aaaahs from your dinner guests!
Tip of the Day August 27
Be excited about learning. When kids see that you value education, they’ll be more apt to value it as well.
Tip of the Day August 26
Talk about all the people required to run a restaurant and assign jobs to your family. The sous-chef can help with recipe steps, like mashing potatoes or measuring milk. A host or hostess can welcome guests and show them to their seats. The server can set the table, hand out menus, and take orders.
Tip of the Day August 25
Make a decision—with your child, if she is old enough—about school lunches. Will she be taking a bagged lunch to school or purchasing lunch at the school cafeteria? It’s helpful to plan out bagged lunches at least a week in advance.
Tip of the Day August 24
For a fun change of pace, make family meals feel and look more like a restaurant outing. Put your child in charge of making menus, designing place-mats, setting the table, folding napkins, and filling water glasses.
Tip of the Day August 23
Remember intelligence is not fixed: Effort and persistence when facing challenges are important characteristics of a successful student. Tell your child, “smart is not what you are; smart is what you work to become.”