Back-to-School with Boys and Girls Club {+ Tips to Help Your Child Set & Achieve Goals}

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I know that many of you just recently headed back to school or will be in the coming weeks.

This is our first official year of school.  Yep– my “baby” started kindergarten this year.  We chose to homeschool and actually began our school year the end of July.  We are already 3 weeks in and it is going incredibly well.  I know that is the beginning of a long journey and I look forward to being by Raileigh’s side as she embarks upon it.

Did you know that each year 1 million students fail to graduate?  That’s a staggering and rather scary statistic.  No parent sends their child off to the first day of kindergarten thinking that one day they will fail to get their degree.

The reality is that we must support today’s youth if we ever want to see that number go down.

Each and every day, the Boys and Girls Club of America is doing just that.  By providing a safe place for kids to go after school homework help, physical activities, mentoring programs, and more they are building up the children who will one day be the leaders of this country.

Whether your child is the beneficiary of one of their great programs or not, I want to encourage you to get involved in the good that they are doing.  It’s really easy and will only take a few moments of your time.  You don’t even have to get up from where you are right now.

tools for back to school

  1. Start by visiting the Boys and Girls Club website
  2. Locate the Pop Quiz Style Game on the website {no worries, it isn’t hard like all those quizzes they threw our way in school!}
  3. Answer the questions {they aren’t too hard, I promise}
  4. For every 5 answers you get right, school supplies will be donated to a kid in need

This initiative is sponsored by Disney, a longtime partner of the BGCA.

After you’ve taken the quiz a few times, get your kids to give it a whirl, too.  It’s the perfect opportunity to show them how easy it can be to make a difference in another child’s life.

While you’re on the site, take the time to check out the incredible back-to-school resources that the Boys and Girls Club has available.  There are homework tips, resources for different ages, and even tips for keeping the learning going after school and in the summer.

10 tips for setting goals

As your children head back to school, I want to offer some tips to help the school year start off on the right foot.  Every child has a dream of what they want to do or be, and as parents it’s our job to help our child make their dreams come true.  We do this by teaching them to set goals and work hard to reach them.  Here are 10 tips {taken from the Boys and Girls Club website} that will help you to help your child set and achieve their goals.

  • Discuss the importance of goals with your child.
  • With your child, set appropriate goals for him or her. Begin with two or three goals.
  • Develop a goal achievement plan – set a timeframe for completion, identify resources to support the attainment of the goal and obstacles to be overcome.
  • Together, create a step-by-step action plan for achieving each goal.
  • Recognize any and all progress through verbal praise or incentives.
  • Establish a regular time to talk about progress on goals.
  • Set family goals and work together to achieve them.
  • Be a positive role model. Share personal goals and strategies for attainment.
  • Create a goal corner on your refrigerator or family bulletin board. Post a current goal for each family member in this space.
  • Talk with your child’s teacher. Make sure the goals you set support classroom efforts.

I hope that each and every one of you have a safe, productive, and happy school year.