Today is the first day of school for my two oldest children. We (the hubby & I) are so happy because they can finally go to the same school again. That hasn’t happen in 3 years, when they both went to the same pre-school for a year. My daughter who is entering kindergarten has been off the walls since May! “Mommy, I am going to Kindergarten soon!” “Mommy 1 more week!” “Mommy one more day!” “Mommmmyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!” I promise it delighted me that she was so excited, but I pray she is still excited 3 months into the school year!
Last night we had our first back-to-school family meeting. I should have been doing this especially since my oldest is in 3rd grade. But hey, when you know better – you do better. I got the idea from my daughters God-parents. They have 3 children (1 in college, 1 in high school & 1 in middle school) and they have always did this. They are the model family for me. So, I decided to implement “The Back-to-School Family Meeting!” Angela (the God mother) didn’t tell me how to run it, so I made up my rules as I went along. I am glad my husband was 100% in on the idea.
We started the meeting out with a prayer and then I praised them for doing a great job in school last year. I went over their accomplishments last year that got them here today. Then the real discussion started ….
Things we discussed:
- School Year Expectations – We went over what we will/will not tolerate this year. We expect A’s. (B’s are fine, but we didn’t tell them that!) We expect great classroom behavior. We expect you to treat your teachers and classmates with respect. We expect you to follow the rules and always [try] to do the right thing. We went over what is expected when they come home from school and what will happen during the week. My children are not allowed to watch TV Monday through Thursday. They have homework every school night in addition to reading at least 30 minutes a day.
- Allowances/Chores – This is the first time we are going to try to give them an allowance. My husband and I went back on forth on an amount but settled on $2 & $1. The oldest will get $2 a week and the younger $1, but will get paid every other week. Which means they payout will be $4 & $2, only if they do their chores. What chores? That is the one thing my husband and I didn’t have ready. We were looking at each other like, “What do you want them to do?” HAHAAHAHA!!!
- Extracurricular Activities – Within the next few weeks it will be time to sign up for all the Fall Activities. We asked the children what do they really want to try. It seemed like they said everything under the sun. I just shook my head because these kids have no idea that these things COST! We told them they can do one sport a piece. My son is leaning towards soccer or flag football. My daughter screamed out “GYMNASTICS!”
- After School Activities – My son has been in Chess Club since Kindergarten and now that his sister is coming to his school we really want her to do it as well. Chess has so many mental benefits outside of the game it’s worth it. In addition to Chess Club, their school offers other after school programs like; Drama, Art, Science, Karate, etc.. So when they have open house we will look at the cost of maybe one more besides Chess.
All in all, the meeting was a success. I believe the children left with a greater understanding of what is ahead of them this school year. We all put one hand in and yelled, “Go Team!” I pray this is a GREAT SCHOOL YEAR for my children in all aspects. I am expecting great things. I pray the same for your children as well. Let’s go Parents!
Did you do anything to get your children prepared for school? Does your family have ritual? Please share!