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In spite of the current rush parents and students are doing to prepare for the upcoming school year, the BGCA (Boys & Girls Club of America) and Disney have once again teamed up to launch an online school supply drive.
As you may not already know, each year 1 million students fail to graduate high school. Boy is that a LOT of children! This is why it’s extremely important, more than ever to support today’s youth.
Yes, YOU can help the BGCA and Disney donate supplies to kids all across the country. And guess what… it doesn’t cost you anything but a few minutes of your time. That’s easy enough, right?
Here’s how it works:
And that’s it!
The BGCA website is also chock full of educational content for parents so you can prepare your children for sending them back to school.
Here are some tips we like to use for preparing for a new school year so it starts off smoothly:
Mind Your Attitude
Not all children are excited about the start of school, but a positive attitude can be contagious. Instead of saying things like, “Your teacher won’t allow that kind of behavior in school” try being positive by saying, “I know your teacher will be so excited to hear all about our trip to Disney.” And “Your friends will be so excited to see you again. Wait until they see how fast you can run now.”
Introduce what will be your child’s school night bedtime before school starts. School age children need between 10 to 12 hours of sleep, and while they usually get that during the summer, it typically starts later than what’s good for a school night. Ten days before the start of school, begin bedtime 15 minutes earlier. Each night take it back a few more minutes, until you get to the desired bedtime.
Introduce your school night routine at the same time, ten days before the actual start of school. While you may have allowed them to watch TV or the use of electronics (such as video games) before bed in the summer, it may not be a great way to get your child calm and ready for bed on a school night. Go back to your routine of bath, story, and tuck-in time. Get back to your low key rituals that include an intimate bed time chat.
Tweak Your Morning Routine
A week before school begins, introduce the school morning routine. A sure fire way to start the morning out right (without fights about clothing and the like) is to follow this schedule:
When the school year begins…
Do as much as you can the night before. Help your child lay out their clothes; set the table for breakfast; make the lunches; prep the coffeemaker; put trip slips, backpacks, and anything that needs to go to school by the door!
Set your own alarm clock earlier. I know you’ll hate this one but hurrying is the enemy of children. Set your alarm clock 10 minutes earlier than you think you need. If you are not rushed, you will be more relaxed with your child. You will be just that much more available to your child, and they won’t need to act out to get your attention.
Overestimate Your Prep Time
However long you think it will take everyone to get ready for school…double it! If there’s extra time, spend it doing something fun with your child. It will help to start the day off great. And it’s much better than rushing your child.
Don’t forget to visit the BGCA website for more helpful tips so your youngsters have an enjoyable beginning to a their new school year. And before you leave, play the pop-quiz game. Every little bit goes a long, long way to helping the less fortunate achieve a lifetime of success.
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