Going back to school is always a refreshing switch from the summer schedule. Routines are great for children, and though it may cause anxiety for some students, it is always nice to get into a good schedule. Here are 5 quick tips for getting back into your school groove:
- Family meetings. Life can get busy and hectic, so plan family meetings or one-on-ones to re-connect. Maybe this is done over an after-school snack, or maybe it’s a weekly check in during Saturday breakfast. Either way, find time to slow down and connect with the kids in your care. A lot can happen during an eight hour school day!
- Get free meals. Sign your foster children up for free breakfast and lunch. While you might have great aspirations to pack healthy meals, it is still a great back-up to have on hand. All foster children automatically qualify for the free breakfast and lunch program so be sure to take advantage of this support.
- Order groceries online. Time seems to fly out the window during the school year and you can save time and money by ordering your groceries online and picking them up or having them delivered! Walmart offers this service FREE of charge and other stores such as Frys and Sprouts charge a nominal fee. Pair this with a weekly meal plan and you will save yourself time, money, and energy!
- Prepare for battle. Homework can be your worst nightmare during school season. If you have a child with a full visit schedule, counseling, and other appointments, school work becomes nearly impossible to get done. Add in a learning disability or behavior challenges and you have a nice recipe for a migraine. Work with your child’s teacher if needed. Oftentimes homework demands need to be modified. If you find that your child’s day involves school, an appointment, homework, and sleep…there needs to be some adjustment to include play! Don’t be afraid to work with your child’s teacher if homework becomes too much or is difficult to fit into their schedule. You are their best advocate.
- Get talking. Inevitably someone this school year is going to ask your foster child about their parents or their family. It might be a teacher, some friends, or that nosy stranger, but the conversation is bound to happen. Role play with your child to help them learn what they would like to say when the uncomfortable questions get asked. Practicing these conversations helps children identify what they are comfortable sharing and gives them great tools to protect their own privacy. Remember your foster child’s right to confidentiality and work to protect their privacy.
Praying for all our families as they get back into the school groove! Please feel free to share your own special tips, we’d love to hear them.