3 WAYS TO MENTALLY PREPARE YOUR KIDS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR
opportunity to help them prepare a study schedule. Ask the following questions to help them get started: “Do you want to dive right into homework when you get home? Do you need to accommodate for a sport or extracurricular activity? Do you work best when doing your assignments in one large chunk, or would you prefer taking breaks in between assignments?” Your kids may find that last year’s schedule doesn’t work for them this year. Emphasize that this is okay; part of growing up is learning how and when you work most effectively. Don’t be afraid to help them switch things up as the school year progresses.
It may not feel like it yet, but summer is coming to a close, and summer break is ending along with it. Soon, the kids will be back to early-morning breakfasts before the school bus arrives and late-night study sessions. Thankfully, there are some steps your family can take during these closing weeks of summer to ensure your kids hit the ground running this school year.
SET AN EARLY BEDTIME
For many kids, summer schedules are flexible. They may have become accustomed to sleeping in and staying up late without any obligations. Getting back into the rhythm of the school year can take some getting used to. In fact, according to psychologist Cherie Valeithian, it can take upward of two weeks to properly adjust to a new sleep-wake cycle. So why not give your kids a head start and ensure they begin the school year bright-eyed and bushy-tailed?
ASK YOUR KIDS HOW THEY FEEL
Maybe your kids are excited about the school year. Maybe they are anxious, or perhaps they’re just disappointed to see summer vacation come to an end. Starting a dialogue about the aspects of school your kids are looking forward to and those they’re dreading can help you dispel myths and identify problem areas. More than anything else, this can help your kids feel at ease about the coming year.
OUTLINE A HOMEWORK SCHEDULE
Resuming a homework regimen can be a difficult transition for some kids. Late summer, when they don’t have assignments to worry about yet, can be a great
IS YOUR CHILD READY TO DRIVE TO COLLEGE? TIPS FOR CAR AND DRIVER PREPAREDNESS
PACK SAFETY SUPPLIES
This fall, my eldest son, John Bozell, will pack up his car and head off to his first semester at the University of Kentucky. I’m not really worried about John acclimating to college life, as he’s always been a diligent student and made friends easily. My main concern is making sure he makes the drive to college safely and doesn’t have any car trouble while in Lexington — worries of an auto accident attorney, right? To give me as much peace of mind as possible, we’ll be taking every step to ensure that both car and driver are ready for their journey. If you have a child heading off to school and bringing along their vehicle, don’t skip these three important steps before you send them off.
In addition to plenty of ramen noodles, your student shouldn’t take off without some safety essentials in their trunk. Put jumper cables, reflector triangles, a car jack, a first-aid kit, and a snow brush on your supply list. Ideally, your child will never have to use these items, but in the event they do, it will be a huge help to have them on hand. You could also consider signing them up for AAA membership or another roadside assistance service.
HAVE DOCUMENTS IN ORDER
Any documentation related to the vehicle should also be up-to-date and in the glovebox. Do a thorough check of all documents, from registration to insurance papers, to ensure that nothing gets missed.
GET A THOROUGH TUNE-UP
No car should begin a journey to campus without a stop at the mechanic. Many auto shops even offer back-to-school tune-up promotions. Instruct your mechanic to check fluid levels, tire pressure, wiper blades, brakes, seatbelts, and lights. If possible, it’s also a good idea to have the vehicle undergo an inspection. That way, your student won’t have to worry about heading to the DMV between classes.
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