Preparing Children for School: Tips That Can Help

Many parents have great anxiety over preparing children school. It is important that you equip your child with the right preparation before sending them off. Proper preparation will give your child a heads-up and even a head start for the activities that he is expected to do at school. Preparing your child will:

  1. Reduce the level of anxiety
  2. Introduce your child to the kind of school activities that he is expected to do daily
  3. Let your child learn ahead thus making it easier for him to adjust to school activities
  4. Help him or her enjoy school

These are just some of the pros that preparing your child for school will do. A thorough list of how to prepare your child for school can be found in the post 20 Things You Gotta Do Before Your Kid Starts Kindergarten. Preparing your child for school also means getting him ready for the hours. So tuck him to bed early and prepare yourself for an early start in the morning. And yes, dreading the loss of summer starts here.

Parenting Question: Is Your Child Ready For School?

The first ever school day is always an exciting time not only for the kids, but also for parents. However, aside from the feelings of excitement it cannot be denied that parents also have to deal with some anxiety during this day. While there may be a lot of reasons for a parent to feel edgy, I believe that one of the main reasons for anxiety is the thought that their kid may not be completely ready for school.

My eldest child will be at the best age to enter kindergarten in a little less than year, so I have done some reading on this matter. These are some of the things that I believe I should be looking into to see whether my child is ready for school or not:

  • Is my child able to socialize well with his peers?
  • Is my child able to sit still and complete certain activities?
  • Is my child able to adhere to rules and boundaries?

If you need more information on this subject, here’s a wonderful post: “Parenting Tips: Is Your Child Ready For School?

When Getting Your Teen to Do Their Homework Becomes a Struggle

Making sure that your child does their homework is an integral part of being a responsible parent. If you reinforce these habits starting at a young age it can improve the chances that when your child gets older they will continue these practices on their own. However even if you instill good homework habits into your child, they might reach their teen years and lose touch. Many teens become distracted by other things, and begin to take school not as seriously.

If you notice your teen slacking on their homework or other school responsibilities it could be time to get more closely involved. A recent article on Empowering Parent titled, “7 Ways to Stop the Parent-Child Power Struggle Over Homework” could be useful to you and your child. The article talks about ways to treat this delicate situation.

How do you approach getting your child to cooperate and do their homework?

Second Harvest Food Bank Focuses on the Kids

Catholic News Agency featured this article today that made a great point I never even considered before. Children may be suffering from malnutrition as a result of school’s summer vacations.

Second Harvest Food Bank is filling a need that sometimes gets overlooked during the summer: ensuring that New Orleans children have nutritional food at least during the week.

Tony Biggs, director of culinary operations at Second Harvest, has helped develop an eight-week Summer Feeding program whereby breakfast and lunch are served to low-income children.

Leslie Doles, director of communications and public relations for Second Harvest, an affiliated corporation of Catholic Charities, said there is a real need for this program.

“Federally funded breakfast and lunch programs are important,” Doles said. “When schools are out for the summer, some kids don’t know when they will have their next meal because they lose their two meals a day through the free or reduced-price lunch programs at school. We are that safety net, filling that need they are not getting.”” – “New Orleans summer food program fills big need”

The full version of this article, click here, goes on to state that only “13 percent of children receiving free and reduced lunch in Second Harvest’s service area have access to a summer feeding program.” This fact was absolutely appalling to me and I am glad to see this program taking initiative and doing something about it. Children, of all people, should have the stability of knowing they will be fed in the twenty four hours a day holds. This program was started on a trial basis in 2007, and has seen success so more plans are being drawn up to expand upon what is already being done. This article was a great, informative read and made me happy to see that efforts are being made to make sure children are receiving proper meals while the schools are closed for summer.