A while back I made the decision to focus Deleting the Adjectives on no BS narratives about parenting and making the world a better place for our kids to grow up in . Part of that story is the everyday stuff, the buck up, grit your teeth and do it stuff. Making the monotony easier to suffer through by becoming more efficient leaves room for more conversations, more memories, and more sleep.
I’ve been told that Back to School time is a stressful one for a lot of parents. After a summer of fluid schedules and bedtimes, buckling back in to an everyday can be rough. I wouldn’t know because this is my first back to school, but I can honestly say that as it quickly approaches, I can feel my anxiety ramping up to Xanax inducing levels. For the next week I will be making and sharing my school year game plan so I spend less time locked in the bathroom, rocking back and forth, and more time doing in important stuff when my kid is home.
So, this is the beginning of back to school week here at DTA. We will be talking school gear, school lunches, school hair, and quick after school dinners amongst other things. I’d love to have seasoned parents chime in with there tips and tricks for an efficient, stress free school year. What mistakes have you made? What genius life hacks do you have to share?
For now, here’s a summer reading assignment for you. Actually, these are just some interesting articles about school, schooling, and the way humans learn.
Two Thirds of US Fourth Graders Can’t Actually Read: Well that’s disconcerting. A study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that many children don’t have proficient reading skills by the time formal reading instruction ends in most schools. The article outlines all the details including which kids are most at risk.
Free Play is A Okay : We are down with the free play school of thought in our house but what do you think? Are kids too scheduled these days? Have parents forgotten that kids learn by doing?
This is What Happens When Test Scores Trump Education : This was a hot topic last year. A school is Atlanta fudged their test scores to meet standardization requirements for funding. It takes a look at the role standardized testing plays in modern public education.
To kick off Back to School week here at DTA, we are giving a way a TrulySanctuary kid’s hoodie in Navy or Pink. Sizes and colors of subject to availability. . Big thanks to TrulySanctuary for sponsoring this giveaway for Deleting the Adjectives readers. All the details are below. The giveaway ends on August 23rd at 9:00 PM Pacific Time.
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