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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

11 Things Personal Assistants Do Better

To say that you love your job and to mean it is two very different things. To be a personal assistant is to love your job. The best personal assistants absolutely love what they do. There is a thrill in providing service for others, there is pride in accomplishing multiple tasks a day, and there is a love for being a support system for others.

Being a personal assistant is a demanding job that will keep a person on their toes, but it is a crucial role to fill. There are just some things a personal assistant can do better, and we want to share those things with you.

Scheduling mavens

If there is one thing that personal assistants are professionals at, it’s time management. They not only make sure they have time to complete all of their client’s tasks each and every day, but they also schedule appointments, travel, and service appointments regularly. They can keep track of when your pet needs to see the groomer, when your child has to be picked up from school, and when your car needs maintenance. Sure, they may use planners to keep them on track, but you can’t slide an extra meeting into a busy day without them noticing. And when they see it, they will make sure you can fit that meeting into your schedule easily.

Organization masterminds

We’ve all found ourselves in a disorganized and cluttered home from time-to-time. Life gets in the way, you get super busy, and the house tends to be the first thing knocked off of the list. But for a personal assistant, organization always tops the list. You may not even realize your bookshelf is a complete mess, but your assistant will. Your assistant will come in, put their organization skills to work, and in no time it will be organized by color and probably height too. If there was a degree in home and life organization, our assistants would have it.

Continually adaptable

Change happens constantly, and we expect it. Personal assistants have to accept change in their day-to-day job. There will be days that everything will go perfect and there will be days that are a total disaster. Either way, they know how to handle the situation. They also go into every job knowing that the client’s needs are ever evolving and what they initially thought they would be doing could be instantly pushed to a later date. They love that no day is ever the same and that it will always provide a challenge. Things can change at a moment’s notice, and they are always prepared for it.  

Planning pros

No matter what you are planning, personal assistants will help you make it happen. If you are taking a huge family vacation, they will work out the details of the trip. If you are planning a birthday party or a huge gala, they will make the contacts to get everything just the way you want it. You could also call them miracle workers. They understand that it will be difficult for a client to give up the control of planning, but with the constant communication your personal assistant will provide, you will know everything is being done to your liking.

Bring smiles to faces

Personal assistants are born with a service heart and feel great satisfaction when they make their clients happy. They often go above and beyond what is required to ensure this happens regularly. Sometimes an assistant may show up with a client’s favorite treat, other times they will do a project the client didn’t expect them to do. They anticipate the wants and needs of the client so that their service is always better than anticipated.

Lifesavers

A personal assistant may be the one person that always has your back. Did you forget to order the wine for the girls’ luncheon? Your personal assistant will be there to save the day and make sure the girls don’t run out of their favorite wine. They come through for you on things you may have forgotten and often save the day.

Problem solvers

We aren’t talking about math homework when we say that assistants are problem solvers, although I’m sure helping with math homework could be worked into their schedule. Instead, personal assistants tend to make the impossible possible. They go above and beyond to make sure their client’s needs are met, and everything is done correctly. Assistants are the ones that make sure the cake gets ordered and delivered on time, they are the people who search all over town for the contractor needed to do a particular job, they are the ones that project manages your household or office. And when a problem comes up, personal assistants create a backup plan and quickly execute it. They do all of these things to keep their client’s lives as normal as possible.

Mind readers

A client could almost think their personal assistant is a mind reader. And truthfully, a good personal assistant does just that. They can anticipate the needs of their client’s without being told. Have a big trip coming up? It is likely that your personal assistant will have your luggage out, products you needs for your trip ready, and itineraries printed before you even think to do those things. That’s just one example of the many things you’re thinking, but don’t have to vocalize to your assistant. They also know how to read their client’s facial expressions. This allows them to know when the best time to approach a client is. They aren’t in the business to pester, so they have to know when the timing is right.

Knowledge seekers

With a variety of jobs comes a wealth of experience. A personal assistant craves the change, but also the knowledge they need to fulfill their tasks. Whether it is learning a new software so that they can work in their client’s office or it is learning how to trim a rose bush, personal assistants seek all of the knowledge.

Pet lovers

If you want a person that loves your pets as you do, you won’t find anyone better than your personal assistant. They are there to not only love and snuggle them but to help you take care of them. Does Fluffy need a vet appointment? Your personal assistant will make sure she is taken care of. They want your pets healthy and happy too.

The errand bosses

Whether it is making a list and heading to the grocery store, going to the post office, or returning purchased products, your personal assistant has you covered. They spend their work day doing the things you don’t have time to get done or the things you want to give up so that you will have more time with your family and friends. If you feel like your errands are overtaking your life, consider hiring an errand boss.

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If you are looking at all of these things and thinking to yourself that you could use someone in your life that can fulfill those needs, reach out and contact LifeSquire today. We have the personal assistants that will make your life easier.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist