5 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited about School

 

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Any parent whose kids are enthusiastic about school is pretty lucky. It can sometimes be a challenge to get them excited about studying. It might take a little bit of effort to awaken their curiosity at home, or perhaps they need a bit of a lesson in school spirit. At school, kids are learning new things every day so it’s a great opportunity to develop skills for their future. Here are five ways to get your kids excited about school. 

Curiosity is key

There are plenty of fun things you can do to develop children’s curiosity. Engage their interest in ecology and get back in touch with nature. You can do this just by gardening at home or going for a walk in the forest and organizing a project. Kids are naturally curious, so take time to answer their questions and discover new things together. You could go out on a family trip to a museum or a national heritage site. 

Dress them in spiritwear

Whether or not they’re particularly into sport, dress them in 1st place spiritwear. They might get more involved in school spirit and supporting their teams. You can even custom your own spiritwear online and get the kids to join in. Spiritwear is also great for school fundraisers, so you could even try and get your kids involved in these too. Take an interest in school events yourself as a parent as well and find out what’s going on. 

Share ideas

Speak to the other parents at school and share any tips and tricks to get your kids more excited about school. If you’re stuck for ideas or don’t have many other friends with children then there are plenty of parenting resources available online. These include anything from general support groups to individuals in your local area looking for advice. 

Set an example 

Your kids learn from you so it’s important to try to set a good example. If you’re not enthusiastic about school how do you expect them to be? Be interested, not critical. Try and have a positive attitude and help with homework assignments, but don’t overdo it. Some kids don’t want their parents obsessing over their school work, it’s better to let them come to you for help sometimes. Remember to express a genuine enthusiasm about what they’re learning at school, and you could even let them explain it to you, rather than the other way around. 

Homework zone

Homework is probably the most difficult thing to get kids engaged in. Many parents have had more success by creating the perfect study environment, or homework zone. Set up a space with all the supplies they need, so that they always associate it with homework and think of it as a place to sit down and concentrate. Leave them to it as well, and if you think it’s too much of a distraction, make it a no phones zone. Express a quiet yet positive involvement and they’ll be more engaged in studying by themselves.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Always look good when you travel with these chic comfort essentials

 

If you’re planning a road trip, or you have a long journey coming up, then you’ll want to feel comfortable. But believe it or not, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. Whether you’re stopping at a gas station, visiting local landmarks or your friend is capturing photos of your journey for social media, you’ll want to look your best, despite the long trip ahead.

If you’re comfortable then you’re more likely to pay attention when you’re behind the wheel, which means an accident is probably less likely. Also, when you’re on the road traveling, especially in unfamiliar areas or on freeways, the likelihood of you getting into a collision with another car or a large vehicle is heightened – if you’ve been in an accident that wasn’t your fault you can get more info from an Orlando truck accident lawyer, here. 

So, how can you possibly have the best of both worlds? Read on to discover how you can always look good when you travel, with these chic-comfort essentials. 

Soft fabrics

When choosing travel wear, soft fabrics are a must. Tight, scratchy or irritable materials won’t be pleasant after several hours in the car, so soft is certainly the way to go. Think soft leggings with a cute jumper, or cotton shorts with a soft t-shirt for warmer weather.

Dresses are ideal

Leave those figure-hugging dresses at home or in your suitcase. At the moment, flowy dresses are in. Pretty smock dresses or skater styles are the way to go if you’re looking for comfort and chic. These dresses can also be teamed with a wide variety of footwear and even leggings!

Ditch your bra

Underwired bras get more uncomfortable as the day goes on. And when you’re driving the last thing you want is your bra poking into your chest or leaving you feeling irritated and awkward. Swap your favorite bra for a soft, bralette instead. You’ll find them in a wide range of pretty, sexy and basic designs. These will complement your style and make you feel good and comfortable with minimal effort.

Think softer waistbands

We all have a favorite pair of jeans, however, after several hours that waistband may start to feel tight and restrictive. Save your jeans for another day and opt for something with a softer waistband. Jeggings are mid-way between jeans and leggings, which means you’ll still get the shape and definition that we want from jeans but with the added comfort of a pair of leggings.

Layers are a good idea

A cute sweater or a stylish cardigan is a great way to get in on the layers trend. Not only can you build on your outfit but when the temperature starts to drop or heads the other way, you can simply pull on that additional layer or remove it. You can also add a pop of color to your travel outfit!

And finally, glasses chic

Driving long distance can take its toll on your eyes. And dry irritated eyes are no fun behind the wheel. To keep your eyes feeling fresh and looking gorgeous, swap your trusty contacts for a pair of stunning spectacles instead. There’s never been a better time to update your eyewear, they really are the perfect accessory.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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A Pre-College Crash Course On Money For Your Teen

There is a terrible financial reality that most of us are shipped out of the home and put in charge of our own money for the first time with often very little training on how to actually use it responsibly. A lot of parents think that money isn’t the concern of kids but this can come back to bite them in the rear when they send young adults with little understanding of things like credit and no history of building good financial habits. 

If you’re worried that you haven’t yet equipped your kids with the understanding of money that they need, here are a few tips on putting together a crash course for them.

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Budget, budget, budget, and budget

Being responsible with your spending is the first lesson that any student could learn. It can help them avoid the stupid spending mistakes that can all too easily lead to debt and cash flow problems. To budget is to essentially lay out a chart that looks at how much money you have coming in (or currently in your account) and to determine where that money is going to go each week.

Check out a few budget apps such as this Emma review to see the kind of features that can help you better determine how your money is used. You want to set aside as much as you need for your essentials, such as any rent, bills, groceries you have to pay to survive. The rest should be split between your discretionary purchases, as well as financial goals, such as savings or debt repayments.

Making the decision to spend

A lot of people of all ages will spend without a thought. If you see something that you like, your natural impulse is to buy it and you might think that you have the finances to accommodate it. However, outside of essentials and little discretionary purchases, it’s important to make it a habit of considering whether you really need something.

If you know for a fact that you have the money for it, you need to ask if you will make proper use of it and if it’s worth it. If it’s straining your budget, you need to make sure that you genuinely need it, rather than just want it. Even if you do have the money for it, you have to consider if there is anything else that this money can be used for.

After all, delayed gratification can be a very powerful tool to have when it comes to your finances. It’s responsible for opening up the path to savings goals such as putting an investment fund together or having an emergency fund to safeguard against sudden major expenses in the future.

If you want to make sure that you’re aware of how and why you spend, you can use spending tracker tools that allow you to look over your past expenses, comparing them to your planned out budget. This way, you can better see what habits might be getting in the way of your financial responsibility.

 

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Being responsible with credit

When they first get out into college is when most teenagers are going to have their first experience of having credit open to them. Many credit card companies and lenders have special offers for teenagers, opening them a line of credit or adding an overdraft onto their bank account. It can help lend them some financial flexibility and make them better able to cope with sudden major costs. However, having all that credit accessible can be dangerous, as well.

Without a proper understanding of the fact that they will have to pay it back at some point, a lot of students can treat an open line of credit like a free money pot. This can lead to them being in at the very limit and being charged interest, sometimes without them even knowing as such. When that happens, they can get a letter suddenly informing them that they are in debt that they have to pay. A credit card payment calculator can help them get a better idea of the fact that they will very much have to pay back any credit lines that they open. Of course, just as important as how they use their credit is what it’s actually used for.

Why credit matters in the first place

With the tips above, you can help your teenagers get a better idea of why it’s important to monitor their credit use carefully and to only spend it when they really need to or they know they have the capacity to pay it off in the near future. However, aside from the fact that they want to avoid debt, using credit responsibly is important because it helps their future, as well.

You don’t want your teenagers to be afraid of credit cards or overdrafts. The responsible use of credit can help them build a credit history that can be used, in the future, to apply for things like car loans and home loans. This Experia credit report review can be used to help them see how all of their different credit agreements affect their score, and how their score affects their ability to apply for important loans in the future.

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The dangers of debt

We’ve been mentioning it, but it’s worth talking seriously about the dangers of debt. The average person deals with some form of structured debt, such as mortgage repayments, student loans, an open credit card, and so on. However, debt that grows unmanageable can be extremely dangerous to the person holding the debt. 

If they aren’t able to keep up with repayments, they can grow, interest, and fees adding until they can become nigh impossible to repay. At that point, the only remaining option might be bankruptcy, which involves losing all of their assets and being closed off from borrowing in the future due to a severe hit to their credit score. This DTSS review shows several of the consequences of debt, as well as some of the strategies for getting out of it. Most of them involve acting as early as possible against it before it has the opportunity to grow.

The importance of working for money

You might have set aside some money to help your kids get through school and they might take advantage of whatever financial assistance is on offer to them. However, without teaching them the relationship between the work that they do and the money that they have, it’s easy for them to start turning back to relying on the bank of mom & dad, as it’s affectionately called.

A child old enough to start preparing for college is old enough to start a summer job. However, if there are none available, then you might want to look at getting them to do chores for a little extra money. This is best done when they’re at an earlier age, but that isn’t always a reality. The sooner you get them used to working in order to survive, the better.

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You need to keep track of your bills

There are plenty of bills that a student is likely to take on during their first years away from the home. They have their utility bills, such as their energy, water, phone, and internet bills to contend with. However, there are also discretionary bills that they’re increasingly likely to pick up over time.

A lot of the digital services we use nowadays are paid through ongoing subscriptions that, without the proper care, can be very easy to forget. When you start forgetting expenditures, that’s when it becomes much easier for your spending to balloon beyond your budget. It’s recommended that you teach your kids to have a “bills day” once every couple of months when they look over their bank statements to remind themselves of any subscriptions they’re paying for. If there are any that they have genuinely forgotten or not used in the past month, they should stop paying for them.

Never turn your nose up at a good deal

An important part of any student’s life, so long as they’re not getting bankrolled by their parents, is to know how to find a good deal. Your kids will likely become very familiar with various coupon and discount sites, and you should encourage that they do. Similarly, one of the biggest costs that they’re likely to fork out on is the college textbooks that they need. However, websites like Campus Books can help them buy books for much less.

Furthermore, if they need any software to take care of their schoolwork, they should be aware of the fact that there are free alternatives to all kinds of office, visual design, and other software.

With the tips above, you can ensure that your teen isn’t going out without at least an attempt to teach them good finances. How much they stick to these lessons is down to them, but it’s important to at least equip them with the knowledge they need.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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