Family togetherness can get out of sync during the school year. Parents often work harder and longer to pay for the extra expenses associated with school. Children’s schedules and activities often have them running in many different directions.
Before the school year kicks into high gear, take a few moments to relax and have some fun. Test your knowledge about school-related milestones in this quiz:
Wondering how to achieve household harmony during the busy days of the school year, with parents trying to balance family life, work and personal time, and the kids trying to juggle schoolwork, activities and other interests?
Although every family is different, all families can benefit from having an organized school (and work) routine. Here are some tips for creating an oasis of orderliness:
Now that the new school year is underway and the related expenses are chipping away at your budget, it’s time to start managing your school spending if you want your wallet to make it to June.
Be sure to focus on what your children really need, not their whims and wants, and to time your purchases to coincide with the best deals.
Here are some money-saving tips for savvy spending throughout the school year:
Parenting is probably the hardest – and most satisfying – job that any of us will ever have. Like any job, it comes with its share of stress. During the school year the stress level may ramp up, considering that many parents work long hours or more than one job to make ends meet, while also needing to keep tabs on their children’s academic progress and activities outside of school hours. Sometimes, the stress can become overwhelming.
Experts say that the symptoms of stress include sleep problems, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, increased use of alcohol, caffeine or drugs, and even physical illness. Both parents and children suffer when stress gets a foothold.
What can parents do to keep their cool? Here are some stress-relief tips to help weather the next several months of juggling schedules, responsibilities and personal time:
Perhaps no other family activity strikes more excitement and apprehension in the hearts of new parents than the words “road trip”. Parents or grandparents looking forward to experiencing new places with their family –may also dread the cries of “Are we there yet?” and “I’m boooored!”. And what if these complaints aren’t in the form of words, but come from a crying baby?
Family road trips generally are wonderful experiences, but add a baby to the mix and it’s a whole new ballgame. From lack of diaper-changing stations at rest stops to the challenge of comforting your baby while driving, traveling with an infant presents obstacles for even the most patient of parents to overcome. With a bit of planning, your next road trip with your baby or toddler can be smoother, less stressful and more enjoyable for the whole family.