How To Start Smart For Your Kids’ School?

Jun 02, 2018 | 1 year ago | Read Time: 4 minutes | By iKnowledge Team

As summer ends and we prepare to get back to school, often this transition can be tough for us, as parents and for the children. With the added pressure of going back to old routines and managing after school commitments along with assignments, homework and school lunches, the transition can take a toll on us. However, there is an easy way to get ahead: use the time during the last few days of the summer break to get ready for the school year ahead by sorting out your schedules, academic and social priorities and finances to make sure you and your child have a stress-free transition.

Here are some tips for starting school you can follow:

Plan, plan and plan some more

Just as any other transition phase, one of the key things you can do to ensure a smooth back to school week is to plan. Sit down with your kids and talk to them about the upcoming school year: what is it that they want to achieve over the year? Perhaps, they would like to make it to the soccer team, or take an art class, or make it to the regional science fair. Setting goals with children help motivate them and provide them with renewed incentive while going back to a gruelling school year. Additionally, ensure you hold them accountable for these goals, talk to them about the progress they have been making or the steps they are taking to ensure they adhere to these goals.

Another crucial step is to plan out your school calendar. Most schools provide with a yearly calendar before school starts with dates of holidays, important parent-teacher conferences, day trips on your family calendar and try and make sure you have these dates earmarked for reference. Make sure you take the last few days of summer to check in with your family physician and make sure your medical records and immunizations are up to date before going back to school.

Revisit your finances

While nobody wants to be thinking about financial management in the last few hot and sunny days of the summer, a critical step as parents is to make sure our finances and savings are in track for the upcoming school year. Revisit your financial plan and revaluate the upcoming expenses for the school year: perhaps you are starting a new school and will have to pay more for certain classes or if your child is planning to take private tuitions, coaching for football. Although things like this seem minute, they make a difference to your financial plan for saving for your children and you should take these into account when assessing your plan for the year.

Financial Planning for Children

A good idea might be to sit down with your spouse and/or financial manager and have a look at all your investments and make sure they are going at the rate you expected to meet your goals. As children grow older, parents have increased financial burden on them to save for their higher education, avoid the stress by having your tax saving investments and other investments planned out effectively. Aegon Life’s iMaximize, a ULIP allows you to plan for your child’s secure future. Remember that the sooner you start saving for your children’s education, the lesser you will be stressed later.

Start your routine

One of the most dreadful things about going back to school is listening to the alarm ring early in the morning on the first day and having to get out of your cosy bed. Not just the kids, but even us as parents will struggle with adjusting to the daily morning routine for days. The trick solution to this problem? Start your morning routine a week or two before school is scheduled to start. You can use the excuses of morning hikes, a day in the park or a visit to a natural park, or perhaps a game of your kids’ favourite sport to motivate them out of bed during the last few days of summer. This way when the first day of school finally rolls around your bodies will have adjusted to the morning routine already.

 Refresh your brain and your body

Jumping into the school year without reviewing the material from the previous year or refreshing your math skills can be stressful for any child and might cause him/her to fall behind the curriculum. Make sure you use the last few weeks of summer as a refresher course for things your child learned the year before: review math skills, reading, writing skills, and if textbooks for the year after are available try and review the first few chapters with them. This will make sure your child is ready for the upcoming year and prepared to take on a new level of learning.

Additionally, you should also think about refreshing your bodies. Nutrition is the key to a successful and stress-free school year, so make sure you plan out creative ways to sneak in heaps of vegetables, fruits and greens into your kid’s diet. Try out fun and healthy recipes in the last few days of the holidays and take note of which ones your kids enjoy so you can include these within the school year.

Advt. no.: IA/MAY 2018/4021


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