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The “success” on my mind these days is that of my kids in their upcoming school year. The theme of 2013 so far has been “The Best (insert activity here) Ever.” We’ve planned and rocked out the Best Birthday Parties ever and the Best Summer ever, and I really want to continue that into the school year! WOOHOO!
The problem is I’m having a hard time figuring out how to make that happen … or rather what MY PART in making that happen should be. Birthday parties are simple. A sleepover, an evening at the mall with friends, or a party at the pool are all clear and easy to plan, and because I consider the party part of my gift to my kids, I get to plan the whole thing. Easy. Done. Summer fun is pretty easy, too. It was a lot of work, but I stretched all my resources and googling prowess to their very limits, found awesome activities (that were also very affordable), and then dragged my family to the fun! Easy and done!
But what’s my part of making this school year a success? I can’t do the work for my kids. I can’t make them want to achieve. What can I do?
I’ve already bought all the supplies they’ll need (except those ever illusive perfect lunch bags) and a good running start on school wardrobes. I made sure they are registered at their new schools and drove them to pick up schedules and take school pictures. What now?
We’re working on ways to improve our very-early-morning-routine and always-too-hurried-evening-schedules. I’m brainstorming how to incorporate a chore schedule into the homework/club/swim routines. I’m trying to figure out ways that I can encourage them and help them, but I feel like it isn’t enough … not a good way to start The Best School Year Ever.
Do you have any tips for success? What makes the school year a success in your eyes?