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5 Ways to Help Your Child’s School

5 Ways to Help Your Child’s School

It’s the beginning of a new school year. You’ve got your child’s backpack, books, school supplies and everything else they’ll need. So, your child is ready to start the year, but is your child’s school? Schools all over the U.S. are suffering from a lack of proper supplies, text books, sports equipment, and even teachers.

When teachers don’t have proper supplies they aren’t able to teach their lessons or provide students with an enhanced education.

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Students who start school without necessary clothes, tools, books, etc. find difficulty participating and concentrating in class. They are less focused on what they should be learning and more focused on what they don’t have.

Whether you have the funds to donate money, or extra time that you can spend helping out, it is all needed. There are several ways you can help your child’s school and in return, help not only your child, but all the other students as well.

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If you want to help but don’t know how, here are various ways you can support your child’s school:

1. Volunteer your time and your vehicle.

Schools are often looking for help with field trips, sports events and other school activities. This depends on the schools’ traveling regulations, but if parents are allowed to drive, you should volunteer your time and your vehicle to help out.

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2. Join the PTA.

The PTA is a way for parents to make sure they are involved and in-the-know when it comes to their child’s school and the education they are receiving. Through the PTA, you can organize fundraisers, find out what teachers need, and do many other things that will help the school and the students. There are also boards and committees you can join to help with the preparation, organization and follow-through of activities and organizations.

3. Suggest a workplace tour.

If the company you work for would be a good location for a field trip, suggest it to the principal. If the principal agrees, do everything you can to help organize it. Educational field trips are fun for the kids and give them a chance to learn outside of school in the real world.

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4. Make donations.

Donations can come in all different ways, not just money. Schools are always needing new books, whiteboard markers, paper, computers and accessories, and several other things. Talk to your child’s teachers and the principal and find out what the school needs. You could also talk to the school’s librarian and find out what books they could use in the library or donate funds for any books that need to be rebound.
Many teachers have to use their own money to buy extra supplies for their classroom. Talk to them and find out what you can do to help.

5. Donate backpacks, shoes, coats, etc.

Without asking for names and particulars, you can talk to the principal about the needs of specific students. Some families might be going through a hard time and can’t afford the clothes or supplies their child may need. By helping individuals who are in need, you are not only providing them the opportunity to have a better experience in school, but you are also helping them focus on their education and not on what they don’t have or what’s going on at home.

Whether you are donating money or supplies, make sure that you follow all the regulations and guidelines set by the school board.

There are several things you can do to support your child’s school. If you want to help but don’t know where to start, the best thing to do would be to talk to the principal or your child’s teacher. They will know what the school needs and will be grateful for anything you do to help.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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