Eating meals together at home is important for families, but don’t underestimate the importance of the meal you send to school with your child each day. In the same way that it is important to sit down and break bread with our family, kids sit down at school and do the same with peers of their choosing.
Stop that! Be quiet! Quit playing at the table and eat your breakfast! Behave! Hurry up; you'll be late! How many times do I have to tell you, prepare your backpack before you go to bed!
With the end of the school year approaching, it is time to schedule year-end parent-teacher conferences. Parents are separated into different groups when it comes to these meetings. Some parents love the chance to spend time with their child’s teacher, talking about what is going well and brainstorming solutions to challenges. Others, though, become intimidated, feeling perhaps, like children themselves as they sit in the too-small chairs.
As I overheard a conversation with a parent discussing her child’s routine and the late hour the child completed her homework the night before, I thought about how easily we allow our kids to slip into procrastinating habits that result in disastrous consequences. Instead of encouraging behavior toward meeting their responsibilities, we allow distracted effort or inaction. If we teach our kids to overcome the temptation of procrastinating, we give them a valuable skill that reaches into adulthood.
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