Education

It’s Not Too Early to Think About Back-to-School Goals

Ah, summer! Time to kick back, relax, and enjoy some relaxing time all to yourself. Unless you have kids, of course, in which case it’s time to be busier than you are for the entire rest of your year. When does school start, again?

Actually, it won’t be that long – while the summer months can seem long when you’re running the kids around to all kinds of camps and activities, you actually don’t have too much time to get everything that you need to done before school starts up again in the fall. Now is the time to think about all of the things that you want to have done before school starts again – and to start doing them before it’s too late.

The doctor is in

Doctor’s appointments with the kids are no fun, but they’re even less fun when they involve pulling your kids out of school. School days are for learning, so try to get your kids in to all of their important appointments now, before they’re (almost) as busy as you are. And speaking of busy, the doctors are, too, so make sure that you call right away to get your appointment lined up – wait too long, and you may find that they’re booked clear through the summer.

It’s not just the pediatrician we’re talking about here, either. When was the last time that your child or children visited the dentist? What about the eye doctor? If your child needs glasses, it’s a lot better to find out now than after a few bad report cards earned by failing to see the blackboard. Summer is the perfect time to cram in all of these appointments: your child is home anyway, so you might as well use these crazy months to your advantage.

Summer savings

Having a kid home all of the time in summer can be expensive, but try to manage your finances carefully. If your child attends a private school, school months can mean costly tuition bills, so check in on your bank or credit union account and balance your budget. Make sure that you have your whole year of expenses in mind when you spend on vacations, and remember that summer camps – while nice for getting the kids out of your hair – aren’t cheap. Financial goals are tough to keep in summer, just as they are around the holidays, so be aware that you’re in some high-spending months and act accordingly. Remember, letting the kids play outside near your home is free!

Have some fun!

Okay, so there are plenty of things to get done before your kids head back to school in the fall. So what? You can’t spend all summer worrying about the things that you need to get done, so set some time aside early in the summer to plan out your appointments and your budget and then do your best to forget about the stress in between doctor’s visits and bill paying. Take a vacation, if you have the budget for it, and spend a few days without any worries or responsibilities – and without any kids, if you have any family that might be willing to watch yours while you make your escape. Summer is fleeting, after all, and you only get to enjoy it once a year. So live it up, and let your kids enjoy it, too! There’s no reason that you can’t meet all of your summer goals before fall rolls around while still having an absolute blast with your family. That’s what summer is all about.

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