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5 Ways to Help Your Child Have a Successful School Year

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 A successful school year – how you can help your child.

School is our children's work or job. We know what it's like to try to do well in a job filled with many distractions that short-circuit our focus. Sensory overload has many children struggling to do well in school.

Here's 5 ways you can better help your child have a successful school year.

1. Create the Vision

Define what a successful school year would look like. Your child can even make a vision board.

  1. Be specific
  2. Break it down
  3. Use positive language

Instead of:

  • Get better grades 

Be specific and break it down:

  • Get a B or greater in English class the first quarter

This next one's a major frustration for parents, whose kids I help get organized!

Your blood boils when you see the note from his Math teacher, Mrs. Galloff. Matthew's not handed in 10 completed assignments.

Assignments you sat for hours helping your child finish. Which, prompted by the teacher note, you now discover crumpled at the bottom of his backpack. All that finished work. Unseen. Uncredited.

Instead of:

  • Don't forget to hand in homework 

Try this:

  • Hand in 8 or more completed Math assignments the first quarter
    • Create a Complete Homework folder for his or her backpack
    • Put completed homework in this folder and back in the backpack
    • Engage the teacher to ask for the Completed Homework folder daily

2. Plan Fun and Built-in Breaks

Infuse some FUN in homeWORK time.

I realize I just lost you because your mind went off running the movie of your last encounter with your child. Nagging your child, for the seventh time in half an hour, to do his homework, turned into a shouting match. You were about to lose control with under your breath curses.

We often don't even think about scheduling fun in our work time...ummm I'm guilty here.

We'd all love for our children to end up with work (jobs, businesses) they love. Why? We hope their work, though it requires effort, is rewarding and fulfilling not draining.

A successful school year with excellent grades was the norm for both my boys. They both still love learning. I fostered their self-motivation around homework with built-in fun breaks.

Use my original schedule as a template.

Boys come home from school

  • Cuddle time (with age, a tolerated hug and kiss)
  • Snack time with sharing about their day (with age, an entire meal size snack)
  • Homework assignment worked on in 10-25 minute blocks (dependent on child's age)
  • Book, game or TV break 20 - 30 minutes
  • Homework completed for 10-25 minute blocks 

3. Prepare For Success with homework

  • Choose a place for homework
  • Remove distractions
  • Use a timer
  • Have supplies ready and near homework place
  • Be available so they know they have support

4. Reframe Failure

My older says, "How do you expect to learn if you don't fail?"

Think of the confidence he has to try new things, because success does not exclude failure. Failure is part of the process towards success.

J.K. Rowling found massive success as the author of the Harry Potter series. Publishers rejected, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, over 11 times before publishing success.

5. Mental Health Day

When my boys were little it felt like their school laid out a cookie-cutter corporate track for kids. More emphasis on test scores and national school ranking than learning.

I gave my boys the opportunity of a "Mental Health Day" when they felt they needed it. It was a have-a-day-off-from-school-freebie. They knew it was special and a gift and only used it once or twice a year.

Did these ideas spark something in you? Comments, please. If you don't have school age kids, PLEASE pass this post on to someone who this can help. Parenting and kids in school can be a huge stressor!

ANNOUNCEMENT: COMING SOON! I'm super excited! My brand new website is in test site mode right now. Can't wait to share it with you! But first, I'm taking a much needed Mental Health Day from website revisions.

Jul's

I'm a mindset focused professional organizer. I help entrepreneurs, busy moms and attorney clients simplify their papers and spaces. Let me help you go from clutter bug to freedom.