How You Can Make Sure Your Kids Have An Easier Time Before, During, And After School

Sep 25, 2019 by

Your kids need to have the best possible opportunities in life – that kind of goes without saying. If they don’t have sufficient care in terms of the most basic parts of life, then they might struggle as they grow. Probably the biggest aspect of a child’s life is their education. When a human is very young, they take information in like a sponge. It’s at this point that they’re able to learn things the quickest. If they aren’t getting their heads filled with the right info, then it’ll be a lot more difficult for them to do so when they’re older. They need a good start in terms of their schooling. A person’s primitive, early stage sets the tone for the rest of their life. It’s not set-in-stone – a person can obviously increase their intellect later on in life – but this period is very important. 

As a parent, it’s obviously your responsibility to make sure your kids get the best possible education. The government and your local authorities do their best in terms of helping you along the way, but it’s ultimately down to you. Unless you’re a teacher yourself; you’re probably not going to be able to teach them academic things. That won’t be your primary role, though. Your job is to make everything perfect for them so that they can head off to school and gather as much information as possible. 

You’ve been their guardian for a long time, so you’ll probably already know a few ways that you can get the best out of them. If you’d like your memory jogged, or you like to know about a few more ways, then read on, and we’ll discuss some pretty simple thoughts…      

Get Into A Routine 

Morning and evening routines aren’t the most attractive propositions for most children. The idea of sticking to a boring and robotic schedule just doesn’t fit in with their crazy and hyperactive brains just yet! They’re pretty necessary, though. If they’re left to their own devices, then the mornings will be horrendous; they’ll be in a bad mood every day, and they’ll be late more often than not. If they have a systematic approach in terms of bedtimes, waking up times, and breakfast times, then they’ll get into the groove slowly but surely. They’ll then be ready to attack the day with a lot more fight and vigour.  

Make A Filling Breakfast

You obviously know to do this as you’ve been their parent for long enough! You know that keeping your kids nourished is the most fundamental part of parenting, but they’ll need to eat all of the right stuff before a long day of school. Make sure that you do exactly the same with their packed lunch. Kids need to have all the energy in the world in order to concentrate and be physically active all day. 

Behave In A Positive And Encouraging Manner  

If you approach their schooling and education in general with a lot of positivity and zest, then they’re going to mirror that behaviour. You have a huge effect on their impressionable mind, so you may as well use it to your advantage. You have the power to convince them that gaining an education and becoming much smarter is a great thing. We said at the start that they take things in like a sponge – you may as well add this to the list.  

Make Sure The Journey To And From Is Smooth 

If you live very close to school, then you probably aren’t going to worry about the transportation aspect. If you are pretty far away, then this is something that you need to get right. If they’re old enough to travel alone, and they’re able to get the bus, then it’s up to you to sort all of the formalities. You’ll have to teach them how to hop on a bus, too – while it’s a pretty basic task, public transport can be quite daunting for many. 

If you’re going to be driving, then you’ll have to do a little work on the car. It might be a simple car journey, but so much can go wrong. By ‘work on the car’, we don’t mean that you should focus on getting Private Plates, new rims, or a new paint job. You should instead look at what’s going on inside. Clear everything out and make space for comfort – you might end up carrying more than just your own child. The seats should obviously be cleared if they haven’t already, but so too should the trunk. 

Check That Their Clothes Are Fine And Dandy 

If they have to wear a uniform, then you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got all of the correct pieces bought. It’s not great when they turn up to school with something missing. If it’s a non-uniform school, then you’ll still want to make sure that they’re fresh. Obviously, their outfits won’t really matter at a younger age, but they still need to be kept clean and clear.  

Work With Them  

When they’ve been tasked with homework, you might want to help them out a little. Obviously, they’re going to need to learn themselves, but you stepping in every now and again wouldn’t hurt. There may be times where they’re completely stuck and need you to guide them. Working together with them would probably make them enjoy doing it in general, also. It can be pretty boring reading a textbook and writing down answers on your own!

Talk With Other Parents  

You’ll be meeting with teachers every few months, so you’re okay on that front. You might want to organize some meetings with fellow parents, though. It doesn’t have to be anything formal or strict; just hanging out and discussing stuff with others that might harbour the same concerns as you would be a good idea, though. If you aren’t into this kind of idea, then you could always start up a group on Facebook or WhatsApp.

In these little discussions, you could go into detail about any problems you think the children might be facing. You could air concerns about the likes of the curriculum or any bullying that might be going on. Playdates could also be scheduled – it’s good for the kids to be friends with each other, after all. 

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