The beginning of the school year is rough on my kids. They adapt pretty well to small changes in their schedules, but big transitions can be tough. By the time they get home from school, they’re completely wiped out. The only thing they want to do is crash on the couch for a while. I really can’t blame them.
But there are pesky things like homework, chores, and after-school activities. Plus, I’m a big advocate of just playing with friends in the neighborhood, building Legos, and getting dirty outside. So I let them take a load off for a while, but then I’ve got to help them get motivated to tackle homework, chores and practice. This is not my favorite part of parenting. This is not their favorite part of being parented by me.
But it’s my job to help them move past their grouchiness and get them ready to tackle their stuff. Here are a couple of strategies that have worked with my three kids (ages 4, 8, and 10). Let’s check them out:
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