15 End of School Year Tips for Parents
- Keep schedules. Now is not the time to let the structure fall away.
- Ease any anxiety. If your child is making a significant grade transition next year, talk to the teacher and your child about ways to prep and have proper expectations.
- Field Day. Plan ahead for fun and exciting days like field day. Then by the time it comes around, you may actually find time to enjoy yourself!
- Pace yourself. It’s ok to say no to some activities!
- Guard special family time. Don’t sacrifice family time to make room for less important activities.
- Read up! Coordinate your child’s summer reading list and set a schedule to keep him focused and learning throughout the summer.
- Contact list. Encourage kids to get contact info for friends they will want to keep in touch with over summer break.
- Register for summer camps early. The best ones tend to fill up quickly, so research and reserve space as soon as possible.
- Last day of school fun. Plan something different on the homefront, like a donut party send-off at the bus stop. After school, as kids get off the bus, parents can man squirt guns and start a good old-fashioned water fight.
- Plan a special family dinner. The last day of school is significant. Use it to connect with the ones you love and commemorate the year’s end appropriately with your family’s “favorites.”
- Keepsake memories. Have your child write down favorite moments from the year and store them in a scrapbook.
- Say thank you. Have children write end-of-year thank you notes to teachers.
- Ask kids for their input. Suggest they give you five activities they would like to do locally. Have them create a “wish list” and incorporate it into your summer plans.
- Serve together. Research family-friendly community service projects that you could do in your area.
- Beat the Blues. The end of the year can also bring on some serious blues. Keep the positive up and be the best parent supporter you can be!
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