notebooks, check. Backpack, check. Refusing to over schedule...a work in
progress. Smart parents know the back-to-school checklist should include more
than just school supplies. Create the framework for a successful school year
with the following checklist.
Great Expectations: Sit down with your
students and discuss your expectations for the school year. Clearly tell your
kids that you expect them to be polite, conscientious students. Don't assume
your child knows what type of behavior you expect, tell them directly.
Open Lines of Communication: Reach out to your
children's teacher rather than waiting to hear from them. Introduce yourself
via e-mail and let the teacher know the best way to get in touch during the
school year. Reaching out signals that you are an involved, approachable parent
who is willing to act as a partner in a student's education.
Organizing 101: Teach your
children to organize their workspace and calendar for greater productivity and
less stress. Organization is easy with these simple
Family, It's What's for Dinner: Students who eat
with their family regularly have better health, grades and lower rates of
troublesome behavior such as teen drinking and smoking. Put family dinners
first as often as your schedule permits.
Say No to Over Scheduling: Put the brakes on
extracurriculars or social engagements that get in the way of downtime and
family time. Overextended and stressed out students and parents is becoming an
epidemic: ward off the ill-effects of a schedule in overdrive by just saying
Read Together: Reading fosters a
love of learning and improves vocabulary; it is also a wonderful way to nurture
deep connection between parents and children. Often parents stop reading to
their children once they can read on their own. But parents can read to willing
children for years. Pick books that are challenging or that focus on a shared
interest: reading it together pushes children outside of their comfort zone. Consider
forming a parent/child book group with a group of friends.
smart parents model a positive attitude to school and learning. Share stories
from your own education; let your children see you continue to try to learn new
things, be it a sport, a recipe or a new language. Being a life-long learner is
enjoyable and presents a positive role model for your children.
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