Starting a new year of classes and homework can be stressful for parents and kids alike. Fortunately, you can follow these few simple tips to get your family on the right track.
- Inventory last year’s leftovers. Whether it’s school supplies, clothes or extracurricular gear, see what you can reuse or repurpose and what you need to put on your shopping list. Make sure there’s a place for everything and keep it all organized so it’s easy for the kids to find when they need it.
- Create a family calendar. Jot down key information that’s relevant for everyone, like when you’ll need to work late, when swimming lessons are and the night of the school play. This will make scheduling a breeze. While you’re at it, take time to book dentist appointments and physicals now to get the best timeslots.
- Prepare a dedicated homework station. Set up a spot that’s free of clutter and distraction to help even those with the shortest of attention spans to stay focused. Try putting it near the kitchen if your kids might need a bit of supervision. This is also a good opportunity to talk about ground rules around internet use.
- Get excited about a variety of activities. Some kids have a hard time with schoolwork and getting good grades, while others may obsess about their marks. Either way, teach them the all-important concept of balance by preparing for other aspects of life, like volunteering, sports and art.
- Plan your vacation early. The peak time for family vacations is during the summer when school is out, but travelling during other breaks and even during the school season can be just as easy and save you a bundle. And if you plan early, you’ll get the best choice of flights, hotels and rooms.