Next week my oldest child turns six. The week after, she starts full-day school for the first time.
Sure, the summer's slowed-down pace coupled with not having to pack school lunches makes July & August pure joy. But for me, after eight weeks, I welcome the opportunity to outsource my six children for six hours a day.
My kids are back to school this morning! Hence the picture of me sliding through the kitchen with my coffee cup raised like a trophy. Getting through that last hurdle of summer always feels like a massive win. Then there's the whirlwind of shopping for school supplies and haircuts and who gets which backpack, and no you can't have two lunch boxes, and I will turn this car around and then nobody gets mechanical pencils!
Where did the summer go? Fall is just around the corner and "back to school" is on many parent's minds. The challenge is getting school back on the mind of your "live-in" student. If you want your child to hit the ground running academically this school year, then it's time to retrain their brain.
Hello there Kindergarten. So we meet again. I remember you quite well from a couple of years ago when you lured my older daughter into your lair of learning. Now, you're back with all your fancy sight words and cutesy books. But, this time, you're going for the jugular.
A glorious time of year is upon us. The return to school. I realize that some of you supermoms are looking at me sideways, but some of us (me) are going a little bit nuts and need the reprieve from the chaos of summer break.
It's hard to believe it's time for her to start "real school." Just me and a million other parents across the country, commiserating about our kids growing up and crying into their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that we're up late at night preparing for the next morning.
As I sit here looking over classroom supply lists and counting down the last days of summer vacation, I am thinking about you. My "baby" will be entering your classroom in a few short weeks. She will be moving on to the "big school" (as she calls it), and she is so excited. I, on the other hand, am a little sad and scared.
How can you help your child prepare for this new experience so they can think of it in a positive light with new opportunities for friendships and learning?
Of the innumerable moments in your parenthood journey, saying goodbye to your son or daughter as they leave for college is one of the most significant. Many years and countless hours of preparation have led to this major milestone. In the days and weeks preceding their departure, communication remains paramount. Refer to my tips below to get the conversation started.
It's August. Each day now, the sun comes up a bit later and sets a little earlier. Summer is half over and that means it's time to start thinking about going Back to School.
The lazy days of summer may be at their peak, but before you know it, you'll be back to packing lunches and kids will be filling up their backpacks for the new school year. While kids have had a full summer's worth of fun in the sun, now it's time to wake up their brains and prep them for a fun year of learning!
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Before your children go back to school, the new school year always seems full of promise. It's a great time to get things in order, get everyone on a schedule and get going on some projects (organization, exercise, healthy eating!).