As the school year begins, you and your kids may feel excited for the new year. However, as the excitement wears off, school can become a challenge for some families. With a few of these back to school tips, you can stay on top of things and keep the excitement for the entire year.
Make a homework space
Make sure your kids have a place where they can do their homework. Whether this is a spot at the dining room table, a desk, or even in their room. Keep a box with all the supplies they might need—pencils, erasers, crayons, scissors, a calculator, etc.
Have a schedule
To make sure everyone in the family is getting enough sleep, create a schedule with set bedtimes and wake-up times. In addition, you should schedule family meals and after school activities, too, so everyone knows what to expect.
Have some fun
Talk to your kids about what they are learning at school. Try to find ways to incorporate the new things into your lives. For example, if they are learning about fractions, bake with them and let them do all the measuring.
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Getting into the holiday spirit is easy if your home looks like it belongs in a winter wonderland. Christmas decorations can be expensive, though. If you really want a festive home, you should consider creating some DIY Christmas decorations. Whether you are throwing a holiday party or merely want an eye-catching—and delicious—centerpiece, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are some Christmas decorations ideas for your home.
Create your own yarn tree. If you don’t have a lot of space for a real tree, or merely want to liven up your entry way, then consider making your very own yarn tree. This decoration is easy to make. Simply cut strands of yarn to the needed height and create paper-circle ornaments out of patterned paper. Attach these options in a tree-like shape and add a beautiful star to the top. You can even use strings of holiday lights instead of yarn to truly get in the holiday spirit.
Make an edible centerpiece. Having bowls of candy sitting around the house is a great idea during a holiday party, but you can easily turn this bowl into a gorgeous decoration. Grab a glass cylindrical candle holder and candy wrapped in red, green, and silver wrapping. Alternate these candies in color-coded layers, then add a festive bow to the candle holder.