Help Children Stay Focused During the Last Few Weeks of School
With summer just around the corner, keeping your children focused during the last few weeks of school can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help to keep minds on the tasks at hand:
1. Don’t be too specific about the family’s summer plans or the specificity might encourage your children to shift their focus to those plans. 2. Remind your children to enjoy their friends at school because they won’t see some of them until September. That will help keep their attention on school. 3. Enjoy what is hopefully a lighter homework load. Talk with your children about spending more time at school with the extra activities they like, such as in the art room, or in gym, or with more “fun” books in the library. 4. Give your child a disposable camera to take pictures. 5. Create a memory book of the year, including academics (papers, pictures of school books), teachers, friends and specific memories. 6. Have an end of the year party. 7. Visit next year’s classrooms so that your children will realize what an accomplishment it has been to finish this year and will feel more comfortable about looking forward to next year.
As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do.
Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be!
An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.
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