We had an awesome time at Play Date Connection: The Wellness Hour this weekend! Check out some of the fun that we had with the kids, moms and Kelly Wadler from Shine On Wellness! Hope to see you at the next one!
When you attend Open House night at your child's school this year, don't forget to ask these important questions to help set your child up for a successful school year.
Question #1: How much homework should I expect each night?
Question #2: What are the classroom behavioral expectations/rules so that I can keep them consistent outside of school?
Question #3: What can I do to help support learning at home?
Question #4a: How are conflicts between students handled?
Question #4b: How are conflicts between students and teachers handled?
Question #5: What is the most effective way to contact the teacher?
We hope you have a successful Back to School Open House Night.
"Back to School" is in full swing across the country. Now that your child is back in the classroom, how are they adjusting and what can you do to help them? Whether it's a new school, classroom or grade, there are things you can do to help your child with adjusting back to school to set them up for a successful school year.
Establish a morning routine. Be consistent. Make sure they wake up at the same time every morning. Set up a check list for everything that needs to be done before they leaving for school. Organize the list in the order that things should be done. For example, check the weather, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, check backpack for homework (and other items), grab lunch, and head out the door.
Eat Breakfast. Make sure a protein packed breakfast is a part of the morning routine. Keeping a child full until lunch is vital to help with focusing and optimizing time in the classroom.
Talk about the day together before heading into school. Ask your child what he or she is most looking forward to that day in school. Discuss what's been happening in the classroom. Ask specific questions. Make sure to keep an open dialogue up until dropping them off at the bus stop, school or classroom door.
Leave special notes, reminders, or pictures for your child to find. Put a family photo in their backpack, notebook or folder OR include a fun note in their lunch to remind them how much you love them and how proud of them you are for having a great day at school.
Keep an open dialogue about school when they get home everyday. Check out tips here for starting conversation. Try to keep the discussion positive. Ask about the best part of the day, but it's also ok to ask if there was anything difficult. This will give the opportunity to discuss what they can improve for the next day or can ask for the teacher to help with. Again, make sure questions are specific.
Pick a favorite after school activity or snack. After a successful day in school, allow them to pick a favorite activity or snack for making it through the day. This will also help motivate them to have more good days in the future!
Hope that everyone is successfully adjusting back to school! Don't get discouraged if it's difficult at first, over time it will be easier!
School's here! Even though there are plenty of classroom lessons to come in the upcoming school year, it's also essential to teach your children the importance of life lessons, especially “giving back”. Charity work and volunteering are big topics in the media. Parents often wonder when should my child start volunteering? What are some things that I can do with my kids to show them it’s important to help others? Are they too young to understand? While children may not be able to write a big check or attend a gala, it’s never too early to teach the art of giving back. Check out these ideas for how to get kids involved with volunteer work and “giving back” early!
1. Make birthday parties charitable. Many kids have houses full of toys, electronics, and clothes; turn birthday parties into a fun way to teach children the value of charity and keep your house from more clutter. Sit down with your child before the party and pick a charity that they are excited about. For example, if they love animals look into the Humane Society, if they love other kids look into Make a Wish, have a sports fanatic…check out the Special Olympics. Once you and your child have picked a charity, ask you guests for donations rather then presents. Your child will take pride and enjoy watching how much money they can raise for a good cause.
2. Donate Clothes. Children grow fast! Instead of waiting for the kids to be out of the house to go through your closets, have them get involved in the process. Pull items that your kids no longer wear and/or have outgrown. Go with your kids to The Salvation Army or another organization and give clothes to those who can’t afford to buy new clothes.
3. Volunteer in the community. There are plenty of opportunities for charity right in your neighborhood. Rake the leaves for the neighbors. Deliver fresh cookies to the elderly or service workers, including postal carriers, groundskeepers and handymen. Offer to pick up groceries for someone who is under the weather. Drop off food at a local homeless shelter. Help sort essential items for the troops in service. The possibilities are endless.
4. Teach goodwill. When children are old enough to earn an allowance, teach them that with money comes responsibility. Create a “charity” jar to keep in your home. Every week when your child earns their allowance give them the opportunity to give a portion of it to the jar and keep the same amount…or a little more for themselves. Explain that it does not have to be a large amount, 50 cents or $1.00 at a time. At the end 1 month (3 months, 6 months, whatever works for you), sit down together and pick a charity to donate the money. This teaches that giving back should be a constant, year-round activity. It also shows your kids that there are many different options and organizations to choose from. If you prefer, you can also pick an item to buy and donate (ex. in winter donate a pair of warm gloves to a coat drive).
5. Raise money with a lemonade stand. This classic is always a fun activity! All sales proceeds should go your child’s charity of choice! Your kids will have fun, be occupied for the day and bring in lots of money for a good cause.
It is never too early for kids to be involved with helping others. Giving back and volunteering is a great way to foster positive developments, teach meaningful lessons and have great family fun! What are you waiting for? Go ahead and get started!
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