Decide what’s for dinner together! Sit down together with a few recipe ideas and plan a well-balanced meal, with your child writing down or drawing pictures of what you need at the store. Ask school-age kids to keep track of how much you’re spending while you shop.
Tip of the Day August 21
Keep school supplies together, by the door. Encourage your child to clean up his homework area every evening after homework is complete. Books and homework should be placed inside backpacks, and backpacks placed near the door to eliminate rushing around in the morning.
Tip of the Day August 20
Play the name game during family dinner! If your kitchen were a restaurant, what would its name be? A combo of your family’s names? An ode to a favorite pet? Once the restaurant name is settled, pick crazy names for what’s on the menu.
Tip of the Day August 19
Open a hip, new restaurant in your own house! Invite friends or family over for dinner, then put your child to work transforming your kitchen into a cool café! This kind of experiential play increases creativity, literacy, and math skills – plus it gives you an opportunity to teach your kids about health and nutrition!
Tip of the Day August 18
If your child is going to be riding the bus to school for the first time, be sure to talk about bus safety. It’s also a good time to reinforce general school safety rules including who he should and shouldn’t talk to, and when he should and shouldn’t get off the school bus.
Tip of the Day August 17
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.