Back-to-school is back in full swing for children and parents across the whole country. New schedules, new routines and new pressures are a natural part of the process. It can be time of stress for children and parents as they both navigate the coming school year.
So in my Fox News Latino article I address the issues we face and offer some tips on how to stay organized and on track this school season.
Casa Latina’s School Tips: How You & Your Kids Can Stay on Track this School Year
By Marlene Pratt, Casa Latina, Published September 08, 2012
This week, millions of children returned to school, to their teachers and to a whole new routine. While it’s a big transition for the children, it’s an important time for mom and dad, too. We have a whole new schedule to get used to as well. In addition to our own work, housework and dinner making routine, there is homework, sports and extracurricular activities to juggle. That’s why it is imperative we organize ourselves early.
Stay Organized to Stay Sane
The more organized we are, the more quality time we have with our kids. And the less stress we place on ourselves. So I suggest starting a weekly calendar as soon as possible. This calendar is for listing our kid’s activities not ours. If you have to pack lunches start by planning a week’s worth of meals at a time. Remember what they want for lunch is not necessary what you want for lunch. If you don’t pack what they like it will end up in the garbage can not in them. So sit down with your kids and discuss their likes and dislikes and set a weekly menu, such as Wednesday being peanut butter and jelly sandwich day. This way you don’t have think about what to make and they know what to expect and can look forward to it.
Next,your child has likely returned home with a stack of papers, which will include the district school calendar as well as the school calendar. Transfer the information from these sheets to your home calendar as well as onto your personal PDA. This will keep everyone aware of all activities such as parent teacher meetings, conferences and report card release days. Also list all sports, piano and birthday invitations and remember this is their social calendar. Since my children have a busier social life than I do, this calendar makes my life a lot easier because I can plan.
Don’t Forget Family Time
I know how hectic the first month of school can be. Getting into the ‘rhythm’ of things can be overwhelming. However the first month of school is a big deal for the kids, so make sure to give them at least 20 minutes of undivided attention. Be sensitive to their feelings. This is a big transition for them, too. They are entering a new grade, with a new teacher, new friends and new daily routines that include new subjects and new challenges. Your children are feeling the same way an adult feels when starting a new job. Be sensitive to their special circumstances during this time, no matter how small or trivial they may seem to be to you.
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