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16 tips for parents on how to make this school year the best

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From day trips to afternoons at the local waterpark, it can be hard to give up what summer break has to offer and get back into a school routine. But as the school year approaches, it is important to plan for more than just the first day of school. If you’re ready to have the best school year ever, follow our guide to get and keep your children school-ready.

Ease Into The First Day

The first day of school can be a challenge for you and your child. There is a lot of stress in starting a new year. Here are some tips to make your first day easier:

  • Get into a routine. Summer fun often includes late nights and later mornings, but as the alarm bell gets closer to ringing, it is important to be ready for it. You should start getting your child into their school routine at least two weeks before school starts. Read our post about how to get your child into their school routine easily.

  •  Organize school supplies. While you’re out school supply shopping, think about organization. It may seem weird, but sometimes parents just get the items on the list. Get all of the necessary supplies, but also consider getting pencil bags and containers to keep their supplies organized and easy to find. Also, open necessary supplies before sending your child to school.

  • Transportation. Before the first day, make sure you have a plan for getting your child to and from school. If they ride the bus, make sure you know where the bus stop is and what time it will arrive to pick your kids up. If you have someone taking your child to school and picking them up, make sure they know where the drop-off and pick-ups are located and the times for both. If you’re struggling to find someone to handle the transportation, contact LifeSquire.

  • Conquer first day jitters. No matter their age, your children may be nervous about starting a new school. Beat the first-day stress by going to the school beforehand. Show them how they will enter the school, where their classrooms are, and show them where places like the cafeteria and bathrooms are located. Also remind your child that everyone is nervous on their first day, even the teachers.

  • Storytime. If you feel your child is getting into the back-to-school blues, share your experiences. Tell your child stories about positive experiences you had during your school years. That will encourage and excite them about school.

 

Throughout The School Year

Even though the first day has passed, it is important to set your children up for success. Besides getting their quarterly report card and encouraging them to join school clubs, there are other things to encourage a school year full of learning. Here are our tips for ongoing success:

  • Activity Calendar. Your children will often be sent home with a schedule of activities throughout the year. In order to make sure that your child has a clean purple shirt on purple shirt day, create a calendar with all school events. An activity calendar will keep you from being caught off guard or missing any important events.

  • Snacks and meals. Children that eat a nutritious breakfast and have healthy snacks will be able to focus and function better at school and while at home. Plan out breakfast and snack options for your child during the week.

  • Have a lunch plan. It doesn’t matter if you want your children to eat lunch at school, you pack their lunches, or a mix of both, have a plan. Children are bound to not like every meal, so they will probably request a mix of both. To avoid a lunchless day, go through the schedule each week, and determine what your child likes. When packing lunches, follow our handy guide on how to make school lunches easier.

  • Late nights = struggles. Even through the sad puppy eyes, you have to be strong. Your children may beg and beg for another 30 minutes, but always stick to their bedtime schedule. Your child getting enough quality sleep is critical to their success in school. Always make sure they follow their nightly routine and get adequate sleep.

  • Buddy system. Encourage your child to become friends with another child that lives near you. The buddy system is important for walking to school and for waiting at bus stops. It also will make them more confident and comfortable starting and ending each school day.

  • Encourage reading. Even during the school season, you should encourage your child to read. Take them to the library regularly to pick out books. Set a book reading goal for the year and maybe a prize for accomplishing it. Do something that keeps them encouraged to explore the literary world.

 

Create Excellent Homework And Study Habits

We send our children to school so that they learn and grow into educated decision-makers. Unfortunately, with all the activities and goals you and your child set, they may not have adequate study time. Here are some tips to ensure your children get the best study time possible:

  • Study space. Create a homework and study space that includes supplies your child will need. Make sure it has limited distractions and have them do their homework and studying there each night. Their work space is key to effective studying.

  • Ample time. Make sure when scheduling activities after school, that your child has ample study time. Don’t rush them through homework to make it to their little league game.

  • Technology. Create a household rule that all electronic distractions (i.e. phone, television, and more) stay off during study time. If your child needs to use the Internet or computer for homework, supervise them to make sure they stay on track.

  • Know the due dates. Children can be forgetful or not know when their homework is due. Make sure that you know their assignment deadlines and make them visible for your child. Include a paper calendar in their study space and write due dates for each assignment. Teach your child how to prioritize their homework.

  • The struggle is real. If you see your child struggling in a particular subject, don’t let it continue. Schedule a meeting to talk to their teacher about their struggles and get recommendations for people that can help them get back on track. It is OK for your child to need a tutor.

 

If you find yourself overwhelmed during the school year, reach out to LifeSquire. We provide quality personal assistants that will purchase school supplies, provide safe transportation to and from school and other events, meal and snack prep, and more.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

10 tips to get you prepared for your summer vacation

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As the weather heats up, you’re likely beach dreaming. But before you can put your toes in the sand, you have to prepare for your trip. Forgetting to do something as little as taking out the trash could dampen your vacation.

With all the excitement of exploring somewhere new or returning to your favorite place, you can often forget some essential tasks before you board your jet plane. From packing to preventing a moldy fridge, LifeSquire is sharing some tips on how to get you ready for your summer trip.

 

  • Check your passport. If you have summer travel plans, don’t forget to check the expiration date on your passport. Don’t wait until you’re about to board the plan to renew. It often takes longer during summer months to receive your updated passport in the mail.

  • Book your pet sitter. Don’t forget about your furbabies! Make sure you schedule a pet sitter in advance to care for your pets. LifeSquire offers pet and home sitting, contact us (https://www.lifesquire.com/contact) to schedule.

  • Call your bank. When traveling, make sure you call your bank and let them know when you are traveling and where you are going. Don’t get locked out of your funds because you didn’t make the call.

  • Stop your mail. While you’re away, have USPS (https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/) stop delivering your mail to your house. Alternatively, you can have your LifeSquire bring in your mail when we check on your house.

  • Skin protection. Your skin doesn’t want to go to war with the sun. Now is the time to stock up on sunscreen before you spend your time soaking up the Vitamin D.

  • The great purge. Before you put the luggage in the car, make sure you won’t come home to refrigerator mold. Check expiration dates and remove everything that will go bad before you get home. You won’t want to clean up right after your trip.

  • Copies, copies, copies. Even if you don’t like paper, you should make copies of important documents before traveling. Consider making copies of your confirmation numbers, itineraries, passports, credit card information, insurance cards, and emergency medical information. These can come in handy if you happen to run into any problems.

  • Make a list. When packing right before your trip, it is easy to forget essential items. Before you pack, make a checklist so that you don’t forget your most important items. Don’t forget your phone charger and portable battery!

  • Roll your clothes. Roll all of your clothes for maximum luggage capacity and minimal wrinkles. If you don’t like to roll, you can also use compression bags and roll the air out by hand.

  • Prepare your house.  Close the curtains and blinds, set the automatic lights, leave a radio playing, unplug appliances, and set the alarm before you leave.

 

Not having to worry about forgotten items or coming home to horrid smells will help you enjoy your time away from home. If you need help planning and preparing for your vacation, LifeSquire is here.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

8 ways to put the fun in summer break

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As the school doors close for summer, you’ll be the main component for entertainment for the next few months. As the days go by, you might hear the words, “I’m bored,” come out of your kid’s mouths. Keep the boredom away by preparing for a fun summer break. Here are some tips on how to get ready:

 

  • Annual passes. From the local zoo to amusement parks, several places offer annual passes. Consider purchasing some passes for fun activities throughout the summer.  Also, check to see what summer events those places have and put them in your calendar.

  • Summer camp.  There are a ton of different summer camps available, but they usually fill up fast. If you’re sending your children to summer camp, get them enrolled as soon as possible. Once enrolled, make sure they have all of the necessary supplies to have a good time at camp. Also, get your children any identification they may need for the travel.

  • Keep track of get-togethers. Summer is the perfect time for families and friends to plan get-togethers, reunions, and parties. When the invites come in, make sure you mark your calendar. You don’t want to miss out on the fun. Get your kids excited for the parties by having them help prepare food and other party favors.

  • Book challenge. Explore distant lands in your own living room. Inspire your children to read this summer by creating your own book challenge. Take a weekly trip to the library to check out a new book. Once they read a pre-set amount of books, reward them.

  • Swim like a fish. With warmer weather comes water activities. Make sure your children know proper pool safety and how to swim before summer is in full swing. Enroll your children in swim lessons, so that pool parties are more fun than terrifying.

  • Travel local. Take short road trips to state parks and local hotspots. Pack a picnic for even more excitement on the road. Before you go, also prepare an emergency kit, bring extra clothes, and don’t forget the water.

  • Learn something new. Consider enrolling your children in some classes this summer to learn something new. Art classes, cooking classes, or music lessons can keep your children entertained and still keeps them learning.

  • Activity books. If you’re worried about the long summer break, consider getting some age-appropriate school activity books to keep their school content fresh. Set aside some time daily to work on these books.

 

Summer is a great time for your kids to keep learning and try new things. If you find yourself struggling to create activities or get them from one place to the other, LifeSquire can help. We offer children transportation services and creativity.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

LifeSquire Thanksgiving traditions you’ll want to steal

From a traditional meal to afternoon naps, you probably already have your own way of celebrating Thanksgiving. Maybe you follow what your mom has always done, your spouse may have encouraged something new, or maybe a close friend has suggested a change, no matter what you’ve taken the traditions and made them your own.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we asked our Squires what their favorite traditions are, and to be honest, we were overwhelmed with the great ideas.  So if you’re thinking of starting something new to add to your holiday, here are some ways our Squires celebrate:

Tiffanie: My family rents a movie together, and we eat the random appetizers that are in the freezer the night before Thanksgiving.

Ashlyn: We skip the traditional spread, and we have sushi or we grill steaks.

Kayla: We all go play capture the flag in the backyard before Thanksgiving dinner.

Hien: After cooking and cleaning all day, I have my cousins over, and we get to relax and enjoy our time together.

Liz: My favorite tradition is that we eat brisket instead of turkey.

Kaci: I love to break the wishbone with my mom.

Mitch: My brother and I cook Thanksgiving dinner for my siblings and parents, and we don’t have to do anything after 3 p.m.

Ally: I love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade every year with all of my nieces and nephews.

Chelsi: My brother, my Dad, and I sneak out of the house early in the morning to go play golf.

Kasie: Every year we do a game night with my husband’s family. We bring appetizers and hang out and have a lot of fun.