Previous Tips of the Day

Tip of the Day August 5

Will your child be taking a bagged lunch to school or purchasing lunch at the school cafeteria? Plan out bagged lunches at least a week in advance.

Tip of the Day August 4

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.

Tip of the Day August 3

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.

Tip of the Day July 27

In a recent, national survey of parents and teens, 41% of the families reported having “just enough” money for the things they need, while 18% reported having a “hard time” buying the things they need. Get ideas for teaching kids about money management at