Time to Wake up Swinging!

Yes, the number one complaint I hear from moms when school is back in session this time of year is the getting up early and getting the kids ready and  for school!  It’s that time of year again to start getting back in the groove!

Parents and baseball coaches have something in common. Just as coaches hold spring training camps to prepare professional baseball players for the upcoming season, parents must give their children end-of-summer exercises to prepare for the opening day of school.

The only difference may be that players pay better attention to their coaches than our kids pay attention to us parents (it’s the same with tutors!).   In spite of the tough odds, there are a few secrets in the parent playbook that will help your child get off to a winning start into his or her next grade.

Sleep Exercises

With school start times between 7 and 8 a.m., practicing the new sleep schedule may take a week or two. Starting off tired during the stressful first few days may not be helpful to your child.

Forms & Notice Requirements

Any day now, your inbox will get busy with important dates, events and deadlines. Medical forms, registration forms, mandatory shots, sport tryouts, orientations and back to school BBQ’s, recheck your e-mail to ensure you didn’t miss any important notices.

It’s that time again where your calendar gets overflowing. Don’t forget about shopping for the dreaded school supply list.

Review Practice

Your child might need some brain rebooting after the long summer. It is reported that our children spend the first six weeks of their new grade reviewing subjects and rewiring their brains to get re-accustomed to the academic schedule.

Preparation and Planning

I bet your child has grown over the summer. New clothes and shoes may be in order. With a little planning, you might be able to hit some sales.

Similarly with school supplies, don’t wait till last minute.  Some stores actually run out of items that are needed.

Starting school with folders and binders properly marked and the right pens, pencil and highlighters, will prepare your child for immediate tackle for any subject and keep them organized with is HUGE.

As a good parent coach it is up to you to come up with a winning strategy for back-to-school. You may not see your hard work pay off until the first progress reports, however, it is worth putting the effort in now to put the odds in your child’s favor.