The kids are still on vacation, but it’s time for Mom and Dad to do their homework before school starts. Do you know it and are you working on it?
At last the holidays are ending, order returns and parents are the most grateful, since having the little ones at home full time, although it is wonderful, is a challenge, and sometimes one very difficult to overcome. However, it is not yet time for you to raise bells and whistles, one more test is needed: preparing the children for the return to school!
It has been the previous weeks of coming and going, handing out documents, shopping, covering books, and fixing uniforms; all this involves a real challenge that year after year does not get easier. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by what to do, I’ve taken the liberty of putting together a few tips and considerations that you may find helpful now that Back-to-School has started its countdown:
Tasks to get started on the right foot:
1. Make a budget for school expenses
The beginning of the school year is particularly strong for the pocket: fees, uniforms, supplies, etc. Make a detailed budget and try to stay within it. Don’t go for the fashion items. School is not a catwalk, although it sometimes seems like it. Remember that our children are going to learn, not show off.
2. Make a list for the first day of school
Make a list of what you need for your child to be accepted that first day of school. What documents do you require to enroll in the new course, if medical examinations are necessary, what are the dates to send all the documentation and the schedules.
3. Take care of sleep hygiene for a week before
Sends children to sleep with school hours from a week before classes start. Many parents do it a day or two before, but this time is not enough: children must be physically and mentally prepared for the change in routine.
Read: Start this week and notice the difference: the routine before bed
4. Organize, together with your children, extracurricular hours
Determine meal times, what to do when you get home from school, when homework will be done, when and what time to spend on games and television, bath time, and so on. I recommend that this schedule is not only recorded in writing, but also in a visible place.
5. Don’t leave anything for last
It is important that you have school supplies, uniforms, linings and other items necessary for entry to school ready in advance. This is not only important for your peace of mind, or as an example for our children, but also to reduce anguish or stress before starting classes.
6. Plan your feeding
Plan your child’s menu for recess time and have the ingredients ready so you don’t have to improvise; discard junk food, because although it is true that they like them and they get out of trouble, the reality is that they are harmful to their health.
7. let your children know what you expect of them
Talk to your children about the importance of taking advantage of their education, what it means for their life and even for you as parents. Every year there are more young people, and the enrollment of the universities does not grow. It is important that your children are aware that in such a competitive world, they cannot afford to waste time.
8. Find out what subjects they will take in the new cycle
Try to review the program with them, and help them understand what it is about.
9. Have your children prepare their utensils
It is important that they prepare their backpack, utensils and uniform themselves; Let them clean their shoes and get excited about it, because that will make them aware that it is their obligation. And never, never, never do their homework (homework) for them. Sometimes it is difficult to see our children bump into each other for not knowing how to do something, but you have to let them learn for themselves.
Lee: Ma’am, please don’t do your child’s homework!
10. Find out about the schedules
What time they enter and leave. If there is school transportation, if it is necessary for someone to pass through them; but in case there is no transport it is important to take this into account, remember that there are often people with bad intentions outside schools.
11. Try to meet all of your children’s teachers
Put yourself at their orders, if possible give them your information, so if an incident occurs with your child you will be the first person to find out and avoid situations such as minors withholding the information from you.
Read: 5 ideas for effective communication with your children’s teachers
12. Teach your children to respect their teachers
Teach your children that just as Mom and Dad rule at home, teachers rule the classroom and that they are due respect. If something happens today, it is that children believe that teachers are there to serve them and not, they are there to teach them knowledge: the moment you, as a mother, speak badly of a teacher, you limit your child’s ability to learn from her.
Education begins at home, and is the obligation of the parents and the rest of the family. Educate your children to behave with respect, to be clean, responsible, grateful, and leave the teachers only the task for which they are paid, which is teaching. Remember what Domingo Faustino Sarmiento said: “Man, people, nation, state, everything: everything is in the humble benches of the school.”