Time Management for Stay at Home Parents

Written by Stephanie Foster

People tend to think that being a stay at home parent means you have time to sit in front ofrepparttar TV all day, but anyone who has tried it knows better. Staying at home means getting up early enough to getrepparttar 145668 kids to school, take care of any children not yet in school, cleanrepparttar 145669 house, prepare meals, getrepparttar 145670 children to activities, etc. It’s not an easy or leisurely life.

The first thing to think about are your goals. What do you need to get done each day and what do you want to get done?

Many parents find it useful to have a calendar or day planner in a central place in their home. This allows everyone to see what is coming uprepparttar 145671 next day, week, etc. You may instead prefer to keep your schedule on your computer. Don’t feel obligated to userepparttar 145672 system that works for your best friend, husband or anyone else. It needs to work for YOU. This only works if you are consistent about marking your schedule. If not, you will find this to be a very frustrating exercise. However, a good schedule can greatly simplify your planning for each day.

Be realistic about how much time it takes to get any school age children ready for school each day and get yourself and them out of bed appropriately. If you get up a bit earlier thanrepparttar 145673 children, you’ll have time to make them breakfast and lunches forrepparttar 145674 school day. Alternatively, makerepparttar 145675 lunchesrepparttar 145676 night before. A good breakfast can be very helpful to your child throughoutrepparttar 145677 day.

To do lists can be very helpful. You might keep a detailed one with everything you need to get done duringrepparttar 145678 day, from feedingrepparttar 145679 baby to pickup uprepparttar 145680 kids from school, or just a simple to do list withrepparttar 145681 activities you do not do regularly listed.

Know your internal schedule. By this, I mean, know when you are most likely to complete certain activities. If you are most inrepparttar 145682 mood for house cleaning first thing inrepparttar 145683 morning, make sure you schedule it immediately. If you’d rather wait until after lunch, do it then. Don’t forget to include plenty of time for family activities.

Parents Demand Dumbed-down Tests --- An Unintended Bad Consequence of the "No Child Left Behind Act"

Written by Joel Turtel

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is makingrepparttar problem of cheating, low academic standards, and public schools lying to parents, even worse. Under this Act,repparttar 145647 Department of Education now requires students to pass standardized tests. Failing schools will lose federal funding and other perks if their students consistently turn in a bad performance on these tests.

Holding schools and teachers accountable, and expecting students to demonstrate what they’ve learned, sounds like a good idea. But this Act means that badly-taught students, victims of dumbed-down texts and bad teaching methods like new math and whole-language instruction, now have to pass difficult standardized tests they are not ready for.

As a result, millions of students may fail these tests, not because they are dumb, but becauserepparttar 145648 schools never taught them to read properly or solve a math problem without a calculator. Millions of high school students with low reading and math skills now risk not graduating from high school until they pass these tests.

It is important that parents knowrepparttar 145649 unvarnished truth about their children’s real academic abilities, but many parents are now frantic because they see their children’s failing grades on these new tests. As a result, they complain to school boards that they do not want their children taking these tests or not graduating from high school because of low test scores. To protect their children, many parents are now demanding dumbed-down tests to make sure that their kids graduate from high school and go to college.

The No Child Left Behind Act is now forcing many parents to condone schools that dumb-down their tests and standards, instead of blaming these schools for their children’s failure to learn. This is a typical unintended consequence of more government laws that try to fix problems that a government-controlled school system created inrepparttar 145650 first place.

State lawmakers in New York, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and other states have yielded to parent pressure. They have scrapped or watered-down high-stakes graduation tests that proved too tough even for students inrepparttar 145651 so-called better schools inrepparttar 145652 suburbs.

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