The end of August is here, which means summer is over for many kids in the area. As students head back to school, parents are preparing for the responsibilities and events that go along with having a child in school. The start of the school year means forms to fill out, snacks and lunches to prepare, carpool arrangements, sports, and more. It can be a lot to keep track of. When family gets this busy, grandparents often lose touch with their loved ones. To make things easier for everyone, we’ve rounded up some tips on how parents can stay organized and grandparents can stay in touch throughout the school year.
Tips for Parents
Tip #1: Create a Student Management Binder
Never worry about losing a form or progress report that has to be returned to school again! Student management binders help you organize your child’s information and important papers so that you will always be prepared. If you have multiple children, you can keep all of their information in one binder. The video below from At Home with Nikki shows just one example of how a student management binder can be set up.
Tip #2: How to Manage Your Time Better
The time management tips in this video are geared towards stay-at-home moms, but some of them can apply to moms who work outside of the home as well. Managing your time is important, especially if you have a busy family and lots on your to-do list.
Tip #3: Use Your Crock-Pot & Plan Out Your Meals for the Week
How many times have you rushed from work to your child’s soccer game, then grabbed some fast food for the family on the way home because you were too tired to cook? It happens to the best of us. While there’s no harm in eating fast food every once in a while, doing this repeatedly can really take a toll on your family’s health. Try cooking meals in the Crock-Pot so that dinner will be ready when you get home. If you would like, you can even go a step further and plan out your meals for the week.
Here is just one example of an easy, healthy Crock-Pot recipe:
And here are some tips for planning out your meals:
Tip #4: Rush, Rush, Brush – Making Time for Proper Oral Hygiene Practices
By the time a busy day is finally over, parents and kids alike may be left feeling exhausted and ready for bed. This often leads people to skip brushing their teeth at night. However, it only takes two minutes to brush. Pick a certain time each night to brush (and floss, if you floss at night) and stick to it. Teach your kids that it is important to brush at night, too. It is an essential part of maintaining a healthy smile.
Tips for Grandparents
While your children and their kids are busy attending all of these school activities and sports games, it can be hard to stay informed. Use these tips to help you stay in the loop.
Tip #1: How Grandparents Can Stay Informed When it Comes to Their Grandchildren’s Academics
Grandparents.com has a list of articles that tell you what your grandchildren will be learning from kindergarten to Grade 8 . It is helpful to know what is going on in the classroom so that you can have better conversations with your grandkids about school and be more prepared to answer any questions they may have.
Tip #2: Use Technology to Communicate with the Grandkids
We know that it can be hard to understand all of the gadgets that kids are using now days, but trying to better understand today’s technology will help you better communicate with your family. Kids are texting more and talking on the phone less. If you haven’t already, consider buying a smartphone. This article has some great information for those who are purchasing a piece of technology for the first time. It’s okay if you don’t know how to use it, you can ask your grandkids to teach you – it might just be a great bonding experience for you all.
Whether You are a Parent or Grandparent, Take Some Time to Enjoy These Special Moments…
While the school year can be busy and cause a lot of stress, make sure that you take some time to enjoy the life that you have with your family. Kids/Grandkids don’t stay kids forever. One day, you won’t have to rush to a volleyball game. Your kids or grandkids won’t beg you to come to class for career day. On some nights, everyone won’t be home for dinner. So, enjoy this time while it lasts.
Take care of your smile!