We face a lot of problems, obstacles and challenges at home, in our local communities, across our country and around the world. All of these problems have one common denominator. Education is a major part of the solution.
Education doesn’t just prepare students for life in the “real world.” It helps them solve problems for themselves and others. The more they know, the more prepared and confident they’ll be for whatever path they choose.
As your children get ready to hop on the big yellow bus and return to school, we’d like to offer a few suggestions about how you can foster an extraordinary learning experience.Read More >>
Ask about Their Day
You always ask your spouse how their day went, right? Do the same with your kids, and don’t settle for one-word answers. Show a genuine interest in their daily activities, accomplishments and challenges. These conversations can help you assess their academic and social progress and identify strengths and weaknesses.
Set a Schedule
Set aside specific times of day for your children to do their homework, and prepare a workspace that’s quiet and well-lit. Make sure you clear your schedule during that time so you can answer questions and check their homework. Also, create a family calendar or shared online calendar so you can help your children stay on top of major assignments, tests and projects.
Encourage children to participate in activities that interest them, whether it involves sports, music, academics, philanthropy or anything else that piques their interest. As a parent, try to be an active and vocal supporter of not just your child, but the group as a whole. Your schedule may not allow you to be a 24-7 participant, but your kids will notice when you’re there.
Promote Healthy Habits
Stay up to date with medical checkups, immunizations and dental cleanings. Prepare a full breakfast and provide healthy, balanced lunches and snacks. Educate your kids about the value of nutrition and encourage regular exercise. One of the best things you can say to your kids is, “Go outside and play!”
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
You may be able to function on six hours of sleep per night, but according to the National Sleep Foundation, children ages 5-10 should sleep 10-11 hours per day! With teens, aim for 8-9 hours per night. A child who gets plenty of sleep will be more alert, more energetic, more engaged and less stressed.
Encourage Learning Outside of School
There is no better way to develop a love of learning than by bringing it to every part of life. Visit museums, the zoo, historical landmarks and cultural events. Learn how to sing or play an instrument. Read every day. Base these activities on your child’s interests so they get excited about learning.
Teach Them about Money and Finances
Start now. Find fun ways to teach your kids about finances. It’s likely school will not teach your kids about them. As children, they should learn the top three lessons of money management early on so they grow to be adults who handle money well: (1) Pay yourself first; (2) Always pay your bills; and (3) Learn the concept of charity. EZ Office Products loves the website “Money As You Grow”. Spend a little time as a parent. You’ll be glad you did.
Become an Emotion Coach for Your Kids
Emotion Coaching is a parenting technique that helps children understand their feelings. When parents Emotion Coach, their children learn how emotions work and how to react to feelings in healthy ways.
Emotion Coaching starts by recognizing your child’s feelings. Many parents are able to see the positive emotions a child expresses, but drawing emotionally near to a child who is angry or sad can take some practice. While it takes effort to teach your child about feelings and appropriate behaviors, it is time well spent. Your relationship with your child will be stronger and your child will be more prepared for the challenges life can bring. Read more
Most of All
While your kids may be getting their education from teachers at school, what you role model as the parent at home directs their compass for the future.