It’s back to school time, and that’s just not for the kids. Parents are dealing with the first day back stress almost equally, if not more than the students. While children are mainly dealing with what they’re going to wear or who is in their classes, parents have many more thoughts on their mind.
If you have youngsters, before you buy a house we highly recommend checking out the school district out before you make a purchase. The good thing about living in Nashville is we have some of the best school districts, so we don’t have to worry so much about the quality of education. But, we still worry—or should worry about a few things other than supplies before the first bell of the school season rings.
Here are a few tips we suggest before you enroll your youngsters into a school district.
1) Visit the school
Sounds obvious, right? But you’d be surprised of the amount of parents who don’t do this. Actually take the time to walk or ride the route your child would be taking to school. Make note of the neighborhoods, or any school patrols, high traffic areas or crossing guards you see. Make sure you talk with your kids openly about not talking to strangers and figure out about arrivals or late pick-ups. Learn about the schools exit policies—especially if the child will be using the bus as transportation.
2) Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher
Pop in to see what the inside of the school looks like. Introduce yourself to the school staff, and get to know what the school’s values are. After all, your child will be spending most of their time there you want to make sure its up-to-par and meets your standards. You’ll also want to take this time to get to know your child’s teacher, and let them know of any special needs your child might have. Also, make sure you ask them their preferred method of communication—some teachers like email communication, while others prefer social media or over the phone.
3) Make homework a priority and create a study area
Make homework a daily habit. Find a quiet and consistent area at home your child can do their work that’s free of distractions. Make it clear that homework is a priority and praise your child for a job well done. If your child is having trouble with their homework, try to help as much as possible. And I totally get it—sometimes you need more help than what you can provide! If this is the case, make an appointment with your child’s teacher sooner than later.
4) Take charge or TV time and get everyone to bed on time
Limit the time your child watches TV, and when you do decide to watch, try to make it a family affair. Then, talk about it—answer any questions they might have. And, don’t let TV be a late night thing. Make sure the kids are getting a proper nights sleep and getting to bed on time. A proper nights sleep is key to a child’s productivity. Help your child get to bed on time so that they can wake up earlier and have a better start to the day.
5) Make healthy meals
Let’s face it—no one can concentrate when they are hungry. That’s why we suggest packing a lunch that is full of fuel and nutrients. Studies show that students who have a balanced breakfast and lunch preform better in school. Prepare your child’s meals ahead of time, and if you need extra help, see if your family qualifies for lunch assistance programs.
6) Get a check-up
All schools should require certain immunization shots, but as a parent you should take control of your child’s overall health and well being. It’s a good idea to take your child in for a physical and eye exam before school starts to make sure they are in tip-top shape to start the school year off right.