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It’s back-to-school time once again.
And for most parents with school-age children, this means back to the daily grind.
I have three children – two of them are in grade school, and the youngest will be going to pre-school in a year. I must admit that, during the school year, my days are filled with them.
Mornings start early when the alarm clock yanks us out of blissful sleep at 5:25 AM. We’re all half-awake as the two girls get changed, and I pretend to ‘supervise’ them. 😛
I usually bring them to school (which is about 14, 15 kilometers from home), and go back to get them in the afternoon. Oh, but there’s Chinese tutorials for V after school, so that’s an extra hour (or two, when she’s having a difficult day) before we start on the road going home.
In between the ‘bringing’ and the ‘fetching’, I’m either at National Bookstore (buying supplies that one of the girls will suddenly need the next day), preparing sample drills for V (if she has tests coming up), or online of course (but that’s often not school-related, hehehe).
We usually get home by 6 PM, or if we’re lucky with traffic by 5. The kids and I rest a bit, before hitting the books again. Dinner time. Bath time. More studying. Finally, bedtime at 9 PM.
Repeat process x 10 months.
Schooling these days have become more and more demanding. So much so that parents and children just got to take control of their time in order to do everything that needs to be done.
- For the most part, I make sure we have a routine, and try to stick to it as much as possible. We follow a schedule – the kids know that at a certain time, we study, or we rest, or we go to bed. The part of the routine that they look forward to is Friday nights – it’s when they break their TV-fast! 😀
- It also helps that Patch now studies by herself independently. She has been on her own since Grade 3, which is a huge relief on my part. My goal for each one of my kids is that, in the long run, they will be able to study by themselves independently, at an early age as possible. One down, two to go.
- Sample drills are prepared ahead of time so that I don’t waste time making them during study time. There are a lot of online sites that provide worksheets free of charge! Just download and print. 😉
- Husband also helps with the tutoring, especially in Chinese (naturally) and Math (because I don’t want my kids to fail that, haha). Yep, it’s a family effort, not just mom’s.
- TV is a non-negotiable no-no during weekdays. My daughters are allowed to watch TV onwards from Friday night to Sunday morning. It’s their reward for sticking to the rules and for being such great kids during the rest of the week, I tell them. 🙂
How about you? How do you manage your and your kids’ time during school days? What time management techniques do you teach or try to teach your children?
Let’s help each other out. Share your tips and anecdotes here by leaving a comment. And… And!
And, as a bonus, I am giving out one Kids Watch Central watch to each of the top three commenters who give the most unique and interesting answers.
The following are the contest mechanics:
- I will accept answers until July 21. Just leave a comment below. You don’t have to be a blogger – just a parent with a thing or two to share. 🙂
- Winners can only win once. If you have won in the other blogs also hosting this same contest, your winning will be forfeited. However, that should not stop you from joining the contest here even if you he already joined in the others. 😀
- Winners may claim their prizes at GeiserMaclang c/o Arbee Panga at Unit 7D Tuscan Building, 114 V.A. Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.
- Winners from outside Metro Manila will have their prize sent to them via courier.
Kids Watch Central Watches are fun character timepieces that will surely delight your child, while teaching him/her the value of time.