Back to School
Sep 02, 2021
Get the School Year Off to a Great Start
If your kids spent most of last year learning remotely, here are some pointers for getting them back on track for in-person schooling this year:
- Stay upbeat and positive about their return to school and don’t scare them about the risk of contracting COVID. Encourage compliance with mask-wearing rules in your district and good hygiene. Urge them to cooperate with teachers, principals, and other authority figures.
- Teach kids how to interact well with others when everyone’s wearing a mask. Parents Magazine suggests role playing with your kids because it can be harder to read emotions when they can’t see others’ expressions.
- Help kids manage their time again after a year of flexible schedules. Set a kitchen timer and let young children do homework in 20-minute increments, with a break, snack, or reward when the buzzer goes off.
- Interact with other like-minded friends and families who are supportive and fun to be with.
Set a Realistic Schedule with Time Management
Encourage everyone in your family to set priorities, form the right habits, and use time effectively to make realistic schedules work. Here are some tips to help everyone meet their goals:
- Determine which tasks are important and which ones can be dropped.
- Reduce distractions that waste time.
- Help each child create a manageable schedule.
- Overcome procrastination by breaking up large tasks.
- Give small rewards when youngsters complete tasks or achieve goals.
This Is a Great Time to Teach Kids to Save & Budget
Did you know that a five-year-old is capable of learning how to save money? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says that most kids that age have the developmental skills to understand that money can be saved and not just spent. Here’s how to turn young kids into savers as they grow:
- Open a no-fee savings account for each child. Check out the features of our Young Savers Club account.
- Explain the difference between a need and a want when it comes to purchases.
- Give an allowance but also let them do chores or help around the house to earn extra money.
- Set a good example by avoiding spendthrift habits.
- Explain the difference between credit and debit cards to high schoolers. Teach them how to handle credit responsibly by allowing them to apply for a credit card with a realistic limit before entering college.
The information herein is general/educational in nature & should not be considered financial or legal advice. Consult an attorney or finance professional regarding your specific situation.