During the back to school season, a family’s schedule fills up quickly with all sorts of activities. College Nannies & Tutors’ top three tips:
1) Utilize a family calendar – have one family calendar that all events and activities are on.
2) Protect family time – be sure to have some quality down time as a family to just have fun together. Plan it – put it on the calendar so it is a priority.
3) Learn when to say “yes” and “no.” There are all sorts of good things to fill up our time – sometimes we have to say no to good things in order to make other important things a priority. When adding things to your family’s schedule, be sure and ask yourself if what you are adding is important enough to hold that spot on the calendar. This may look different for each family, so it is your job to decide what is best for your family and your kids.
Piano lessons, football practice, volleyball practice, cheerleading, girl/boy scouts, you name it… there are many after-school activities to fill the time slot of 3-6pm. College Nannies & Tutors top three tips:
1) Carpooling. Team up with other great parents and share the responsibility of transporting to and from practices and other activities. This will take the load off of you as a parent running around every day being a taxi driver, and also will give you the opportunity to get to know other parents and the children your kids are hanging out with.
2) Not available when the school bell rings? Consider an after-school nanny. You can arrange for a fun role model to take great care of your kids after-school. An after-school nanny can pick them up from school, take to after-school activities, help with homework, and help get dinner started. When you get home from work, you can then just do what parents love to do – spend time with your family.
3) Develop a routine. When kids come home from school, it is great for you and for them to have some sort of a routine – it provides a great start to a smooth evening. Again, this will look different for each family and depend on after-school activities. Consider a few of these ideas: snack/down time where you catch up with your children on the day’s happenings (take interest in your kids’ days – ask them how it went and what was their favorite part), homework time (and be available to help), free time/play time (and have some fun with them!), and help with preparations for dinner. Take advantage of the days when your children do not have activities. Plan some down time at home with a movie or games, or a fun outing just you and them. Dinner out, a trip to the park, or that special outing you know the kids always enjoy are just a few ideas.
With the start of a school year, comes the start of homework. College Nannies & Tutors top three tips:
1) Set your expectations for when you want homework to be completed. If you specify that homework should be done before dinner, before play time, or whatever makes sense for your family, it will help the homework get completed with less struggle and procrastination.
2) Be available to help. When your student knows you are available to them, it helps give them the confidence and motivation to get through the assignments. You also will then be able to lend an encouraging word and assist with any problems when needed.
3) Know how they are doing. Only when you are tuned into how your student’s homework is going, can you know if they are struggling or doing well. If they need help beyond what you can offer, consider a professional tutor. You can get your student hooked up with a professional tutor who will provide customized, one-on-one homework help tutoring to help your child get ahead and succeed.
Whatever this time of year brings for you and your family, be available to make your family a priority, have fun, and be an encourager and advocate for education.
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