Let’s face it—children today aren’t how we used to be back in the days. They have so many things to do in so little time and choosing what should come first isn’t easy at all. You’re not surprised to find out that school takes a backseat for most kids.
How do we get them all wound up and ready for school? Check out the secrets parents shared and be on your way to a smooth ride all year round.
1. Insist on sweet shuteye. A good night’s sleep is a must. They need a complete eight to ten hours of sleep, says Deng Buluran, mom of two and early childhood educator and program director at Gartens Learning Center in Malolos, Bulacan. Enforce an early bedtime and try not to let them stay up later than 9 p.m. Kids need a restful shuteye to recharge their energy and brainpower so they can focus more and be geared up for another day of learning fun at school.
2. Round up the routine. Keep a daily and weekly schedule of your child’s classes, including after-school activities like ballet or football, suggests Lala Datiles, mom of two grade-schoolers. You’re not only showing interest in your child’s school life, you’re also helping him prepare for the day ahead. Don’t forget to check his assignment notebook or his bag for notes from the teacher, school letters, and permission slips.
3. Get involved. Sign up as “storyteller for the day” or attend orientations and parents’ nights. Volunteer as parent chaperone during fieldtrips or join the school fundraising event. Whether your child is a preschooler or a junior in high school, you need to let him know his school life is important to you. Try not to skip any important school event.
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4. Touch base with other parents. It truly helps to talk to other parents whose children are in the same class or same school as yours, says Camille Mesina, mom to Chloe, 12. This gives you a clearer perspective of what's happening in the classroom or in school, good or bad. Especially when your child starts telling you peculiar anecdotes or unusual practices or people.