Every September is a chance to press the reset button and do things a little differently than we did last year.
That's true for our kids and for us as parents. So think about what you can do to help your kids have a successful school year. Is it reading together? Checking homework each night? Staying in touch with your kids' teachers? Checking their online grades more regularly?
Decide what you need to do, and what they need to do. Then kick off the school year with a new habit: weekly family meetings.
Use the time to talk about your expectations and each person's responsibilities. For example, I told my 8th grader that I need to see his Algebra work every day, whether there's homework or not! So by the time I get home, it needs to be sitting out on the dining room table, ready for me to review. Discussing these kinds of details up front will help you establish routines that work for everyone, so that you're not taking more responsibility for your kids' success than they are.
Use your meeting time to go over your schedules for the week, too, and talk about anything your kids will need from you -- from a ride to practice on Wednesday to a clean uniform for Saturday's game. This kind of planned communication can prevent a lot of the last-minute stress and frustration and ultimately allow you to enjoy time with your kids a whole lot more.
More on Successful Family Meetings:
- How to Conduct a Family Meeting
- Video: Your First Family Meeting
- Start an After School Routine
- Successful Co-Parenting Meetings
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