Back to School After Winter Break

daddy-schoolAll across the nation, children are going back to school. Most schools line it up so that a new semester or trimester will begin after winter break.  If your children have been having trouble in school, this is a great time to touch base and have a talk with them about making a fresh start and really focusing on school. It can also be a great time for you to have a fresh start and begin taking a more active role in finding out what they are doing in school and what they may be having trouble with. Even if your children are doing well in school, it is the perfect time to give advice and listen to what they have to say about school. School has changed a lot over the years, and you may just learn something new!

Setting up Reward Systems

Although it may seem like bribery, setting up a reward system can be a great way to motivate children to do well. Emma is typically a straight-A student. For some, this may sound like a dream come true, but there are challenges to any situation! Since Emma already does well, it is hard to keep her motivated to maintain her school work. She does what she needs to do, but why go above and beyond when you are already making top grades?

To keep her motivated, my wife and I have had to get pretty creative. Over the winter break, we finally allowed her to set up a Facebook account. Her normal computer-time allowance is one hour, but she wants more time now. Starting when she goes back to school, she can have an extra half-hour, bringing her to an hour and a half. If she gets a good note or does well on a test, she will be allowed two hours on those days, or she can trade the extra hour in for five dollars if she wants. If she does not maintain her grades, the half an hour will be cut back down to one hour, and she will have to earn the time back. So far, she is very excited about it, and is looking forward to going back to school.

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