Pack up the kids and pay a visit to school on the Saturday before opening day. A tour around the campus can be a simple way to ease the first-day jitters.
Tip of the Day August 2
Encourage your kids to find books that excite them. Don’t overlook types of reading that may not interest you (graphic novels, magazines). The point is to keep them reading, which promotes school success.
Tip of the Day August 1
School success starts at home. Create a homework center (an office desk, a kitchen table) where your child can do homework. Make sure that it’s stocked with enough supplies!
Tip of the Day July 31
Support out-of-school reading by getting your child a library card. (Actually, get everyone in your family a library card.) Then make it a habit to go to the library once a week to find new books.
Tip of the Day July 30
Volunteer with Special Olympics and do sports activities alongside a person with a physical challenge.
Tip of the Day July 29
In a recent, national survey, 75% of parenting adults say their teen shows or tells them that they are loved often. 83% of teens say their parent show or tells them they are loved often. Get strategies for being a better parent here.
Tip of the Day July 28
Have a back-to-school planning family meeting. Talk about your hopes and dreams for the coming year, your values and priorities (e.g., Do grades matter? Test scores? Having fun learning?), and responsibilities. Use a talking piece to be sure everyone gets a chance to hear and be heard.