Motivate Kids about going Back to School
Unless you haven’t watched a television commercial in the last week, you know that the first day of school is creeping ever closer. Here are some great tips from Natalie Lugo, certified educator and Manager of Alliance Marketing at AAA Restoration Company, on how to excite your kids about the new school year.
Don’t Shop til you Drop
Preparing students for school is a costly endeavor in terms of money and time. Get a better return on your investment by following these rules:
- Set a budget, share it with your children then strictly adhere to it. Your kids will learn important lessons about how a family manages money.
- Try on everything before purchasing to avoid ill-fitting, uncomfortable clothes and shoes. Returning items to the store is a drain on your most valuable resource--your time.
- Stage a fashion show where your kids model and choose their back-to-school outfits. They will get excited about their new clothes and knowing what they’re wearing will save time in the mornings.
Do Make it Personal
The most influential word in the English language is “you.” If you want to motivate your kids, make it about them.
- Let them pick their own school supplies. Homework is a lot more fun when you really like your new pens.
- Decorate school supplies. Buy stickers of their favorite sports teams (Go Dawgs!) to use. Encourage your children to look up inspirational quotes and song lyrics on the internet and copy them on to notebooks and folders.
- Set a goal. Ask your child to think of something they want to accomplish during the school year. It should be something outside of normal expectations and personal to them such as learning to enjoy math or improving their handwriting.
Blank your Slate
New paper, unsharpened pencils, clean erasers are all back-to-school metaphors for a fresh start. Advise your kids to use the new school year as opportunity to begin anew.
- Encourage new school activities such as extra-curricular clubs and study groups. Your kids will form new friendships and develop new interests that will keep them motivated.
- Decide on a detailed routine that you will use for the upcoming year. Be specific. Include meals, homework, activities and times for each. Start a couple of weeks ahead of the first day of school to allow time to fix bad habits acquired over the summer.
- Organize your kids’ habitat. Have them clean their rooms and closets and get rid of any clothes they don’t plan to wear in the new school year. Use the opportunity to encourage stewardship by donating your gently used clothing and extra back-to-school supplies. Brooke’s Closet helps families displaced by fire. Staffed by teens volunteering their time and talents, Brooke’s Closet collects and distributes clothing, toiletries and school supplies to anyone in need after a disaster. You can reach Brooke’s Closet on-line at www.fillbrookescloset.com or c/o AAA Restoration Company (678) 289-2376.
“Inspire your children to love learning and they will reap the rewards for the rest of their lives,” advises Natalie.