Parent Newsletter - August 2018
Thomas Haller, Alisa Divine and Katrina Jackson
A message to remind yourself and your children
"Sometimes you have to do what you don't love, so that you can do what you love."
Back to School Readiness
By Thomas Haller
The first sign that summer is coming to an end has been spotted, a sale on every school supply imaginable, book bags, pens, pencils, glue stick, spiral note pad, compass, calculator, 3-ring binder, gym shoes, and clothes. Back to school is in the air. We are soon to be bombarded with back to school sales in magazines, newspapers, television ads, and store flyers.
But what do children really need in order to be ready for school? Perhaps getting children school ready involves more than purchasing items. Maybe supplies are not what is needed to get children off to a good start this school year. It just might be that the best getting ready for school strategies you can employ are not found at the mall or your local department store. Consider the following.
1.  Start the school schedule early. Break the summer sleep-in/stay-up late mode. Begin the morning and evening school routine at least two weeks before school actually starts. Don't expect that your child will be able to make the adjustment to getting up for school quickly or easily without a practice period. Take the full two weeks to work into the routine slowly by adjusting the bedtime and wake-up time a few minutes every day until the desired time is reached. Your goal is to have the schedule set prior to the first day of school.
2.  Create a positive attitude about going back to school. Talk to your children about being able to see their friends, meet their new teacher and all the opportunities that being at school provides. Focus on your child's area of interest and emphasize all the ways in which school helps to enhance that topic. When your child speaks negatively, redirect him into the positive.
3.  Visit the school. Reacquaint your child with the school. During the summer classrooms change, teachers transfer to new buildings, principals are reassigned, and new playground equipment gets installed. Don't wait for orientation day to get reacquainted. Go to the school and play on the playground, meet the new principal or office personnel, and talk to the janitor.
4.  Set goals for the upcoming school year. Help your children create realistic expectations for themselves about school. Talk about what they want to accomplish this school year, not what you want them to accomplish. Remember not all of school is about grades. Making new friends, speaking out in class, standing up for oneself, staying organized, and managing behavior are all crucial skills for a successful school year.
5.  Model learning. Create a time in your home when everyone is involved in learning related activities such as reading, playing with numbers, telling family stories, journaling, or quiet reflection. Turn off the television and video games and have a set time for the whole family to feed their brain. In fact, model learning year round, even through the summer months. This will set the stage for homework. A study time can be a logical extension of the learning time you have in your home.
Give your kids every opportunity to be ready for school this year. Head to the mall or department store with your list of needed items and remember to add to your list the suggestions above. By doing so you give your kids what they really need to be prepared for this school year---structure, energy, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude.
Thomas Haller
Katrina Jackson
Alisa Divine
Are you thinking about planning a parent night at your school?
Now, before school starts, is the best time to schedule a parent workshop.
Here is what the parenting workshops could look like at your school or community center:
How to Get Your Kids to do Homework Without Having a Nervous Breakdown Yourself
How to Talk to Kids about Boundaries and Consent
Transforming Aggression in Children
Winning the Whining Wars
The Do's and Don'ts when Creating a Blended Family
How to Talk to Kids about Sex and Sexuality
Reducing Power Struggles with Children
The 5 Best and 5 Worst Things to Say to Children
Contact Thomas today to Schedule a parenting workshop in your church, school, or community at
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