Today’s M&M Monday video/post is all about the struggle we face in trying to get our kids not just to study, but to do it well. As parents of a freshman and senior in high school, we’re trying to get one son to start high school on the right foot and the other son to finally internalize good study habits before he heads off to college next year.
I know this may seem like a lot, or like helicopter parenting, but we’re giving it a try. Neither of our children have particularly great study habits, so we’re starting off this school year very strictly and with a clear set of rules and expectations. I’ve included our list below and I’d love to get your feedback. Have you tried something like this? How did it work out? As we get farther along into the academic year, we’ll circle back and let you know how things are going!
Here’s what we printed out for each kid and also wrote out on a whiteboard that’s hung in our kitchen:
Routines and Expectations
We have put these policies in place to achieve the following goals:
- Form habits
- Set you up for success
- Establish predictability in order to foster certainty and productivity
- 30 minute rest period after arrival at home
- Review agenda and folders
- Study in same place each night
- Review completed work with parent
- Backpacks/gear packed before bed
- Weekly agenda/planning meetings on Sundays
- Phones are with parents during study time
- Background music during study time can be classical only
- Once nightly review is complete, phones are returned to you until 10 pm.
- No phones upstairs after 10 pm.
This plan was set down in order to make all of our lives as stress-free and easy as possible.