Wow! Can you hear the excitement within the walls of your house? Walls are screaming to me daily the numbers of days left before the children start school.
Now that we have school supplies out of the way. Let us move into school opening back up and summer officially being over for the kids.
Is there anyone more excited than me? And, what do we as parents do with a little extra quiet time on off days?
I know, I know not all of us will have the luxury of quieter off days due to work hours like an 8 to 5 or that forty-hour shift. But it is okay you can take time on break and follow along on a journey with me and see how quieter days are going for others. Look at it as the next best book just being published.
Forty hours a week worker’s, there is always that allotted time off. Then those quiet days can be spent dancing in the clouds. Or, doing happy hour with friends and family, but to each its own.
Aside from this precious envisioned inaudible time, I have a young one that is just starting school this year. My only daughter and I have been emotional about her first year in school. It has always been different for her. She is the only child of mine that did not get to experience daycare much or a preschool program. So, this is going to be an experience for me. Nevertheless, I am ready for it, says my mind.
It is rather frightening these days with so much going on about the danger children face during school hours. We must teach them so different at an early age now because of bullying and violence. As parents, we try to provide our children with the needed skills to stay focused and become successful in life. But what do we do when the advice goes wrong?
A quote I love dearly is from Margaret Mead, and it states, “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” It is a powerful statement, and I understand it entirely, but does it work in the 20th century, or even a decade from now? Moreover, I guess it would depend on the parents and what parenting skills they attained through the years.
Also, what have we done as parents to get our children ready for the upcoming school year? Have we done prep talking about rules and behavior? Better yet, have we given motivational insight to make this school year jump start with positivity?
Here are somethings we as parents can do to help ease the children’s summer is over mood (use according to age):
- Excite them with being able to see old friends and meet new ones.
- Stimulate them with the fun they will have during recess with friends.
- Encourage them about any sports that may be able to play.
- And what about the cool clothes and shoes they get to showoff (younger kids love lights).
- Attend an open house to meet with teachers. This way, the child is a bit more familiarized with not only the teacher but the class and possibly other areas like the lunchroom and gym.
And of course, since it is on your mind, investigate other avenues to help on this motivational goal for the school year to keep our children happy and engaged. They are our Future!
Here are some articles to get you started: