I’m so exited that my kids are going back to school! Ok, don’t believe me? Picture me with a broom, not sweeping, but using it to sing, “I’m so excited, that I just can’t hide it!”(made famous by the Pointer Sisters) Oh, come on! I know I’m not the only mom who has plans to take a mini vacation at home while the husband & kids are away during the day. The anticipation is real. As with every year, I’m always equally excited that my kids are growing up, doing more and learning more. I couldn’t be more proud that my boys are all entering milestone grades this year. Kindergarten, 5th grade, & 9th grade! My youngest son started Kindergarten this week & he was actually excited about it. On the first day, he asked if he had gotten any taller as he didn’t want to be the shortest in the class. My 10-year-old not only started 5th grade, he also started football for the first time! He’s more excited about playing football than school! My oldest son is entering High School after a long, not-so-good middle school experience. He hasn’t even started yet and he’s already campaigning for a car to drive to school!
Even with all of my excitement, I’ve decided that from day one I will set in place a structure that will ensure our time management as a family, academic success of our children, and a stress-free environment for us all. Here are some tips that I found helpful.
- Minimize T.V. watching to 30 mins-1 hour per day on school nights. Your children will not like it at first but they will get use to it. They will begin to put focus in doing other things. You will find that if you’re doing other things of value, you won’t have time to watch T.V.
- No Computer/Video games on school nights. Sure they will miss this but replace it with more brain stimulating activities, like, arts & crafts or baking (think math & measuring).
- Make bedtime a routine activity. For example, you may start with a bath, read a book, enjoy a healthy snack, brush teeth, say prayers and then off to bed. Make sure you & kids are getting recommended hours of sleep each night.
- Have a quiet space for homework time. Providing a quiet time & space for your kids to concentrate on school work & projects is very important. It allows them to focus on the task & efficiently get it done.
- Serve healthy meals. My boys all eat differently so I have to provide choices for breakfast & dinner. I make sure they have protein & veggies. My youngest son takes lunch to school because he’s a picky eater, so I pack lots of fruits instead of sweet snack cakes & cookies. Never forget breakfast! It is still the most important meal of their day.
- Enjoy outside activities. Being outside allows them to be free, creative, and most importantly…active! I think kids need lots of sunshine and exercise. It gets them tired…and fast! Bedtime will be no problem.
- Nice clean home. Keeping a clean home is important to me. Imagine how you feel when you walk into your expensive hotel suite and pounce on the bed. Exactly! That’s how you should feel when you come home from running errands or your husband from work or the kids from school. Besides, cleaner home makes healthier families. And moms don’t beat yourself up with all the cleaning, share the responsibility with the children, it will teach them valuable lessons they can keep a lifetime.
- Always pray. Pray over your husband and children. It will change your life! Teach your children to pray as well. They may face challenges everyday that we may not know of but we can be sure that they are equipped with the word of God to get through anything they face.
I hope that these tips you will find useful in creating a structure that will effectively improve your family’s life as your children go back to school. So far, they are working for me. We are ready to go BACK TO SCHOOL!
- How to get your kids mentally, physically prepared for school (kvue.com)
- How to be Successful in School (atouchofmonica.wordpress.com)