School is just around the corner, and with that comes bedtime tantrums, early morning outbursts, and homework frustrations. Thankfully, once you get your little one up and at em’ you have a few hours to do as you please. In an effort to make your future mornings as relaxing as those afternoons, we’ve put together a few tricks you should start implementing now!
By now your child has gotten used to long summer days and staying up past their bedtimes. You can’t blame them for throwing a fit when you try to send them off to bed two hours earlier the day before school starts! Start sending them to bed about twenty minutes earlier each week or so, in hopes that the gradual change will be less noticeable.
It’s also a good idea to stop using bedtime as a punishment. When a child develops a correlation between a punishment and bedtime, they put up even more of a fight- which makes things unnecessarily hard on you.
If your son or daughter is too excited about the first day of school to sleep, don’t cause a fuss. It’s impossible to force someone to sleep; simply tell them they can stay up and read a book or color for as long as they’d like, but they cannot leave their room. First day jitters usually supply them with enough energy to run a marathon, let alone get through a few hours of school- no matter how much sleep they got the night before.
Give your child an incentive to wake up for the last few weeks of summer. Get them up at the time they’ll need to rise for school and allow them to play a video game, watch TV, or have breakfast prepared for them. We all know waking up a child is a battle, and getting them out of their bedroom is a war. In time, their body will get used to not only waking up earlier, but getting out of bed and starting their day earlier.
Don’t talk, LISTEN!
It’s not surprise why kids dread summer ending; the hot days, play dates, late nights and even later mornings are a child’s dream. Some kids put up a fight about starting school again simply because they’ll miss summer. Remind them that they get to see all their friends and favorite teachers again, and that new things are waiting to be learned.
In other cases however, children fear the start of school because they’re worried about making friends, where they’ll sit at lunch, or if last year’s bully will be in their math class. If you sense that your child is struggling to cope with school for reasons more serious than the summer ending, listen carefully! Pick up on their subtle hints and give them words of encouragement.
A couple weeks before school starts, organize your child’s workspace with them. This is their area and they should arrange it in a way that makes sense to them (not you!) Designate a time when you’d like them to work on their homework (whether it’s right after school or after dinner) and have them read or color at their workplace for an hour or so each night.
Kids like structure and balance. As parents, we must understand that in order to achieve a smooth transition from summer to school, we must gradually introduce this change. By implementing all or some of the above tips, your son or daughter should cope with this shift in a responsible way. As a result, you will feel better knowing you no longer have to use wrestling moves to get your little one into bed, and those half-thawed out frozen waffles you gave them to eat on the way to the bus stop will be a thing of the past.
Important Insurance Tips for College Students
When your children are all grown up and heading off to college, make sure your insurance will protect them with thse tips:
- Make sure children who are away at college are considered “insureds” in your Homeowners’ policy.
- Increase the Coverage limitation on the student’s personal property, if necessary.
- Get a Tenant Homeowners’ policy for the student, if possible.
- If the parents still own the car being driven by the student, that car should be insured under the parents’ Personal Auto policy.
- If the parents want to take the student off of their Personal Auto policy to save money and have the student purchase the insurance, they should transfer the car to the student.
If you have questions about your current insurance coverage, contact us for a free assesment.
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