It is either an honor or a chore to be responsible for dropping your kids off at school. The choice is truly yours. Strive to do things to capitalize on this time with your kids. This article applies to both moms and dads who take their kids to school. How many of you have friends with kids older than yours? What’s the single most popular piece of advice you get from them? With me it’s; “Take advantage of each grow up so quick”! Other times it is “Spend as much time as you can because tomorrow may never come”.
With that said I try to enjoy the very short trip to school with my daughter Cheyenne. I keep the radio off and talk to her about her school day. She enjoys her school but I know the days can be long so I try to plant reminder seeds of the fun things to come. For example “Hey Cheyenne, don’t forget, we’re going camping this weekend”. I talk about needing weekend plans as adults in my book Building Foundations By Setting Goals to boost our moods and ease the grind of the work week. This concept works well for kids too. Remind them to focus on the fun times ahead when they get frustrated or tired of being in school. Tell them it will help them plow ahead with their school work moving them closer to the fun times.
Remind your kids how proud you are of them and how independent they are becoming. I cannot emphasize this enough. When appropriate, have conversations about what to do to continue to be a great student. You can talk about things like; Don’t forget to raise your hand to speak and the basic things that will keep them in good standing with the teacher. Be careful not to turn this piece into a preaching segment or your kids will get turned off.
Finally, do what you can to inspire your kids to let them know they can (and want to) talk to you about their school experience. When they share good and not so good things about their day be sure to thank them for sharing that with you and remind them that you truly care about the details of their school day experience. The more we know as parents the better we can be at fixing issues before they become problems and turning good things into great things.
I wish you the very best school year ‘s going to be a great year!… READ MORE -->
When it comes time to load up on school supplies, the last thing you want to do is drive all over town to get notebooks one place, pens and pencils in another and yet another for backpacks. With gas prices like they are, you even hate to leave the house at all, let alone shopping all over town for back to school supplies. The best way to find all the school supplies you need is to actually go online and find them all at once.
Even though there are tons of sites to get school supplies at, finding that one great site that has everything needed will save a lot of time. Not only do you save time by hitting a one stop shop but you’ll save money on shipping as well. Having a checklist of back to school supplies ready when you sit down to do it will make it much easier to get everything you need as quickly as possible. To start you off, here’s a quick list:
– Personalized pencils kill two birds with one stone. You’ll be getting pencils plus they’ll be less likely to wander off.
– If you’ve got pencils, you’ll need a pencil sharpener.
– Pen and pencil cases are a great way to keep track of extra pencils and erasers.
– Personalized notebooks are definitely a necessity and a great way to show off your style.
– With all of the books and back to school supplies that students have to haul around, having a good backpack is not only handy to have, but actually an essential.
– If you bring your lunch to school every day, you’ll want a great lunch bag to bring it in. You’ll be able to bring what you want and save your lunch money for something better.
– A folding study table is a totally cool way to do your homework since you aren’t being stuck at a desk or at the dining room table.
– Three ring binders make staying organized a lot easier with pockets for papers and notes, the ability to put flat pencil cases in them and of course, loose leaf notebook paper.
– If the kids have to haul around sports equipment and gym clothes, duffel bags are a must-have.
– If you aren’t always some place where there’s a hard surface to write on, a clipboard is the perfect solution.
While these ideas for back to school supplies for kids cover most of them you’ll probably have other things you’ll need to get as well. But this should give you the basics.… READ MORE -->