23 August 2011

Spell out school year expectations with a "back to school contract"

San Diego Momfia: Back To School Contract

via sdmomfia.com

Our kids start school after Labor Day, and I know that many around the country are already back in class. I can't seem to bring myself to write about "back to school" yet, given that I'm clinging desperately to the end of summer.

But this is such a brilliant idea, I had to share. Over at San Diego Momfia, Ooph shares her template for the "back to school contract" she and her kids sign each year outlining expectations and rules about homework, chores and free time. LOVE.

In my experience, spelling out expectations, rewards and consequences in black-and-white usually helps both kids and parents communicate -- and behave -- better.

Thank you, @Ooph, for this fantastic idea, and @HipMamaB for the link!

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Read the full post at San Diego Momfia: Back To School Contract

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Smart idea!

I agree. When children are involved in creating expectations and rules, they will understand why they are important and will be more apt to follow them.

I also strongly recommend this excellent "back to school contract" concept - Thanks! It makes such a difference when you set expectations clearly and early for your kids - especially BEFORE school starts. Definitely one of the tricks to make parenting less stressful and more enjoyable.

This is a great idea. Setting clear limits and expectations before school starts is brilliant. Not only does it help my child understand the expectations, it also helps me by forcing me to organize my thoughts and put them on paper! 2 birds with one stone. :)

This is an excellent idea. And on top of this contract, I'd like to suggest a great tool to keep eye on kids:

Schlage LiNK home automation system is a great tool to keep homework on track. The home automation system includes a wireless camera allowing parents to remotely monitor their children and stay in touch. Check it out:

http://link.schlage.com/PRODUCTS/Pages/WirelessCamera.aspx?cid=SSL74_SOC_BLOG_PH_wireless_camera

Is that image from movie? That kid is oogly, lol...looks familiar though.

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