This blog post part of our series: A Thriving School Year. Read the whole series HERE.


I’ll fully admit that I love the fresh start of a new school year — almost as much as I love the start of a fresh new year.

There’s something intrinsic in us that creates a summer slow down that makes the “going back to school” timeframe so exciting.

That means we want to be extra organized and ready. We have big plans.

But the new school year brings so many challenges as well — challenges that certainly threw me for a loop when my girls first started school 7 years ago. Now they are preparing to go into 7th grade and are more ready than ever.

As I kick off this blog post series, I’m excited to tie so much of what The Abundant Mama Project Online Program has been about … mothering from a place of abundance.

Helping our children have a thriving mindset about school can take work and effort — depending on the child. For some children, school and learning comes easy. But for many more it does not and we have to be ready to help them thrive no matter what.

These 5 Steps to A Thriving Mindset for the School Year are from years of mastering the school year with BOTH kinds of students …

 

SET GOALS

I’m a big fan of working toward goals and feel that the whole family should work together to help each other achieve their goals.

Including the mom of the family. 🙂

Anytime families create a tradition together they automatically feel closer. Family traditions are a touchstone for raising confident, happy children. And, by EVERYONE in the family working toward their own goal it no longer puts the emphasis on just one person’s flaws. It goes from being a ME problem to a WE challenge.

Setting goals for the school year can be a family tradition and something that you look back on each week or each month during family meetings.

This year, I asked my daughters to come up with the following goals: A healthy living goal (all about being a healthy person), a learning goal and a school life goal (related to extra curricular activities).

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ESTABLISH WEEKLY CHECK INS

One of the best things we started last year was weekly academic check-ins. This is when we look at how grades are shaping up, ask the children what they need to work on or think about when it comes to school.

A check-in may not be necessary every single week but it’s certainly good for YOU as the parent to put this in your calendar to remember to do. Weekends can be so busy and the next thing you know a report is due and nothing’s been done on it.

Best to avoid that scenario. So establishing this ritual each week can be a huge save for everyone, especially you as the parent.

SET SCREEN TIME RULES

During our girls elementary school years, we always said no screens on school nights and while we were lax with this last school year — their first of middle school — this year we will keep it very limited, again.

Depending on after school activities, homework load and family obligations, the evenings can fly by and television or screens can only take away from quality family time or self-care or even sleep.

It’s important to get clear on what kind of screen time limits you want and to be consistent with the how and the when. And know your why.

Knowing what you want to happen now can help you prepare ahead of time for the circumstances that will come up during the school year.

CREATE A THRIVING FAMILY ACTION PLAN

Your whole family deserves to thrive.

That means you as well.

Create a thriving family action plan that will speak to all the areas of your life that may create a struggle — and get on the same page. These goals can be different than personal goals but no less important.

Look at what needs to happen for everyone to thrive at home and in your family and during a little short meeting with dessert, have a conversation around what is needed and necessary to thrive.

CELEBRATE

Oh yes. Celebrate the wins. The progress. Make time each week or each month to celebrate the successes everyone is having at school. Making a new friend. Being kind or helpful to a teacher or another student. Getting a report done before the final hour. Getting dressed and out the door on time. Whatever it is, find the GOOD and celebrate it!

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