Happy back to school, everyone! Where did summer of 2008 go ,anyway? What a blur. I am back at work now, speaking at 10 a.m. tomorrow at The Babes and Tots on the Go Show. If you can catch me there, come say hello!
We just finished having a family meeting. Zoe, my eldest, is off to high school tomorrow for the first time, and Lucy starts grade eight.
At our family meeting, we talked about what time they had to be out the door for school this year. Taking the bus is new for Zoe, and Lucy’s school changed their start time to 8:25 a.m. I asked the question, “How much sleep do you want to get?” They both wanted to aim for 8 hours. So, we did a rough work-back schedule and it seems they both want to try for going to bed at 11 p.m. on school nights–but realistically, they thought that meant aiming for 10 p.m., since they both like about an hour in their rooms at the end of the night before lights out. They’ll try that plan for this week and then we’ll follow up on how it’s going at next week’s meeting. How nice that I don’t have to bicker about getting out the door or supervise bedtimes! Next we we can talk about how it all worked out and discuss any modifications or improvements they might want to tweak.
Zoe also asked me about helping her study this year, since she noticed she did better on tests if I helped quiz her the night before. I said I’d love to do that if she would please let me know in advance so I can plan my time, too.
The last two items on the agenda: house keys and lunches. We checked in to make sure that everyone had a house key and to let them write anything they wanted for their lunches on the grocery list on the fridge. Zoe is seeing more reasons why she might want to investigate getting a part-time job. Cafeteria food costs money, and I did say I was not willing to pay for eating at school. If she wants to use her allowance, that is fine, but we are not increasing her allowance for that purpose.
That was enough for one quick meeting–about 15 minutes. How was yours? What did you talk about? Share in the comment space below.