Balancing Back to School for the Kiddos and You

Back to school for kids and parents is all about creating balance for coursework and life.
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The back-to-school season is fast approaching, and many parents are starting to prepare for the required adjustments. For some, this means ensuring their children have all the supplies they need before they head back to school. For others, heading back to school for kids and parents means preparing for a hectic work schedule with more travel or late-night meetings. And then some face an entirely different challenge: balancing coursework when the kids go back to school!

Regardless of your situation, back to school for kids and parents can be a stressful time. The key is to plan and make sure you are prepared for the inevitable adjustments that come with this busy time of year. Here are some tips to help ease your transition:

Plan Ahead

Lack of a plan is planning to fail. When planning, consider work and family responsibilities. Figure out what time of day works best for studying and when you can take breaks to tend to children or household tasks.

Please make use of calendar alerts on phones and computers, so everyone knows what’s coming up next. This will also help you avoid getting too overwhelmed by back to school for kids and parents’ madness.

Plan out who will pick up whom from school or daycare each day, so there aren’t any surprises when it’s time to depart. Remember, if one parent has an incredibly hectic schedule, they may need more than one “designated driver.”

Kids Homework and Learning Strategy

Encourage kids to do homework after dinner before bedtime instead of first thing in the morning. This will give them time to think about what they learned during school and allow their brains to process it all without rushing through homework before running off to school or activities.

If you are struggling with something your child is learning at home – be an advocate! Teach them how to explain the problem back and forth until they find a solution together. It’s not always easy but it is rewarding when your kid feels like they have accomplished something on their own.

To-do List and Priorities

Please make your to-do list and prioritize it so you know what’s most important. If possible, start working ahead when things are less hectic at home before back to school hits. It will be easier to get everything done if there’s time between back-to-school responsibilities and coursework deadlines.

Get Enough Sleep

It’s easy to forget you’re also balancing your own needs and those of the kids as a back-to-school parent. Ensure you get enough rest so that when it comes time for homework or study sessions, you’ll be at peak performance. Not getting enough quality sleep will prevent you from concentrating and will be detrimental to your overall success.

Remember, keeping calm and staying productive while going to school and raising a family is all about balance. Although this is a challenge for many parents, implementing these tips into your daily routine and planning ahead helps make the situation better. Check out Southern Careers Institute for more tips on balancing coursework and life.

This article was published on: 06/2/21 12:05 AM

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