We want our children to have the best year ever. We are bombarded by suggestions on what to do to ensure their happiness and academic well-being. In an attempt to set them up for success, we often wind up spinning our wheels on projects and tasks that aren’t especially effective or productive for our children or families. Sound familiar?
This year, why not be more intentional? Find out what things are important and what things really don’t matter. Know what you can realistically plan to do, taking into consideration your schedules, commitments, and family life. Then you can create a personalized plan for your child to have the best year ever.
- School – Parental involvement is one of the biggest indicators of a child’s academic success. Determine what ways you are going to be involved this year. This can include volunteering in the class room or for a field trip. It also includes meeting the teacher and going to parent-teacher conferences.
- Home – The family environment is crucial to the child thriving at school. We have the opportunity to teach children excellent habits for success at an early age. Take a look at the habits that your child already has to determine whether he needs something different. This includes bedtimes, screen times, and healthy eating habits.
- Child – A strong relationship and the ability to communicate with your child are essential to your child’s motivation and drive to do well. Find the ways that your child opens up to you the best so that you can establish quality communication skills together. (blog link) Children feel empowered to do well when they know that their ideas and feelings are being heard and valued.
- Academic – Education and learning are the final pieces of the success puzzle. Pay close attention to what is happening with your child’s learning. This includes homework and projects, as well as interactive learning experiences. Children often struggle to articulate their school struggles, so watch for recurring physical ailments or outbursts at home or school.
Making a plan for a successful year will set your child up for a year of progress, growth, and confidence building. We have developed a five-step planning kit that makes the planning process simple. You will be able to assess your child and choose solutions that are specific to his needs. Be intentional and make it your child’s BEST YEAR EVER!