Put a Plan in Place for Back-to-School

Posted August 19, 2016 by

Put a Plan in Place for Back-to-School

It’s that time of year again: back-to-school!

It’s a joyous time for some parents:

“Ah, my child who stayed up until 3 a.m. and slept in until noon will be getting back on a sleep schedule.”

“My child who left dirty lunch plates around the house while watching television and complaining about there being ‘nothing to eat in the fridge’ will now be dining in the school cafeteria.”

“My child who picked fights with his siblings because he was bored will now be too busy doing math and social studies to be bored.”

But for other parents, it’s a time of dread:

“Ugh. I wonder how long it will take to start getting calls from the teacher about my child refusing to do classwork?”

“I wonder how many calls I’m going to get about my child starting fights on the playground?”

“I wonder if there’s anything I can do this year to get my child to finish her homework? I think I hate school more than my child does!”

Whether you’re anticipating the school year with joy or dread, it’s just around the corner. Many parents find it’s helpful to have a plan in place ahead of time. It may be a simple plan: going to the school orientation; meeting the teacher casually; helping your child find their way around the building or practicing opening a locker for the first time.

If your child displays behavior problems, your plan may be more involved: putting together a schedule or routine he will follow at home for things such as homework or chores; putting a system in place for rewarding positive behavior; or scheduling proactive meetings with school staff if your child has a specialized educational plan in place.

No matter what your situation is with your child, having a plan in place can help start the year off on a positive note.

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  1. Izzy113 Report

    My son was is 9 years old and has ADD and is struggling with only a month into the school year and he has yet to do homework.  It’s very frustrating to see such a brilliant child not be focused enough to be able to remember he has x many homework assignments to turn in the next day.  I just want him to be able to do well not only in school but in life. I feel like I’m failing him

  2. Bibika Report

    My son could hardly wait to get back to school. He is very active and he loves going to school. One of the things that is definitely his favorite are school plays, Christmas shows, end of school year shows. He is always a part of those in any possible way available. This year we’ll have a Ebenezer Scrooge preparing for a part in the new year panto. First time taking part in a panto show at school, but he’s seen the show already with this crew, so hopefully it will be good. 

    He’s so into school I’m afraid it may change some day as he enters his teen years. I know kids change at certain age. I juts hope I’m ready for it.

  3. kajal Report

    Going back to school after holidays needs great courage for kids. Rearranging schedules, completing long assignments and moreover spending long hours with teachers. To make kids mentally prepared for school, it is important to give them a learning atmosphere.

  4. Mom of teen boys Report

    This summer I kept my 15 year old sons Xbox in his bedroom and let my 18 year old son move into the basement with his xbox. Now that school is starting should I move the 15 year olds Xbox to the now spare bedroom as a separate type tv room, or down to the basement for the boys to both share the space with their own tvs? Also should should I move the 18 year old back to his bedroom upstairs or is he old enough to have an Xbox and basement room all to himself? Any advice would help me decide the best move. Thanks.

    • rwolfenden Report

      @Mom of teen boys 
      Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out the best
      sleeping arrangements for your family, as well as the appropriate placement of
      electronics.  When parents are considering trying something new, it can
      help to ask yourself and your sons the following questions: How will we know
      that it’s working?  How will we know it’s not working?  What will we
      do if it’s working?  What will we do if it’s not working?  In the
      end, you know your family best, and what will be the most appropriate move to
      make.  Take care.

  5. The Nana Report

    I’am often in contact with my child’s teachers all the way up to the principle.  Once a week I insist on her teachers to just drop a line stating that my child is current on assignments or hasn’t completed an assignment or weather an assignment has been turned in /corrected.  I believe parents/guardians or care givers must keep up with all parties involved.  You know offten times children will say they have done their homework or an assignment and they haven’t.  Staying in contact with their teachers helps prevent overdue work and keeps your child current and stress free.  If you pay close attention you will realize when your child is having a issue at school simply by their behavior when they get home.  Watch their faces/expression or I don’t care attitudes its usually a sign that something happened in school or class.



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