I adore my small wardrobe. I have less stress, more outfits that work and less clutter in my closet. My seven-year-old daughter however needs help. At times, it seems like a small bomb exploded in her room, strewing clothing everywhere. Here’s how I helped my tween pare down her wardrobe and how she found pieces for her new clothing collection.
When I was a teacher, I assigned kids homework and expected it finished the following day. I honestly didn’t know what a nightmare homework could be until my daughter started elementary school. The crying. The anger. The emotions! All over a couple of math problems? What is this?!? I used these 10 strategies in my house to stop our homework hassle. Now after school, my daughter sits at the kitchen table and completes her homework. No drama. Here’s how we did it. A big thank you to CVS Pharmacy for providing me the school supplies and some of the snacks seen in this post! Agree on the terms Kids crave routine and are able to better manage their emotions when they can easily predict the next activity. Same with homework. In addition to your usual back to school routine, ask your child the following questions and come to a mutual agreement. When do you want to do your homework? Everyone is different. My daughter likes to first have a snack and then start on her homework as soon as she comes from school. Where do you want to do your homework? Designate a place. Where do you want to keep your homework supplies? Agree on a specific drawer or shelf where your child can always find a pencil, colored pencils, and scissors. Where will you put your homework when its done for me to check it? This was a problem for me. My daughter would leave the table with the contents of her backpack exploded across it. I had no idea where her homework was or that she was even finished with it. Have a Distraction Free Homework Area In our house, it is our kitchen table. I find that it is central enough for me to help my second grade daughter when she needs it and yet close enough to toys and entertainment for my two year old son. The most difficult part is keeping this area distraction free. We can’t turn on the TV, play with anything interesting, or do anything fun. That’s life with a six-year-old. Instead, I pull out paper and crayons for my two-year-old son so can “do homework” too. The next tip changed our after-school bad moods immediately!
Your kiddo started the new school year and hopefully everything is running smoothly. Here are a few items for your back to school checklist to ensure things don’t get overlooked or forgotten. Have you done the little extras that make a big difference?
Rejoice!! Your child knows letter sounds and can read simple books! Now, how can you encourage her reading and help her conquer longer books? Or, maybe you have a fourth-grader who can read but finding books that he enjoys is a challenge. We have your simple guide on how you can help your child (and teach them how to) pick the perfect book.
I sat down at my desk at school on a Friday afternoon and mentally prepared myself for the work ahead. There was a lot to do for the annual Camp field trip. “Send home permission forms. Check. Make sure all permission slips are returned. Ugh. Send home reminders for permission slips to be returned. Send home flyer asking for field trip donations. Send out email for volunteers for upcoming car wash fundraiser.” The list kept going…