Start new school year with good res­o­lu­tions

North Penn Life - - Opinion -

Within the next week, most schools will be open­ing their doors, wel­com­ing old and new students, staff and ad­min­is­tra­tors.

For­get Dec. 31: This is the new year. Now is the time to make New Year’s res­o­lu­tions.

If you are in school, re­solve to set aside a spe­cial time ev­ery day to do your home­work, re­view what you learned that day, plan for the next few days and do a lit­tle work on your long-range as­sign­ments. Eas­ier said than done, with­out a doubt, but some­thing you can work to­ward.

Re­solve to get a good night’s sleep ev­ery night and eat break­fast ev­ery morn­ing. Peo­ple in ed­u­ca­tion say eat­ing break­fast is sur­pris­ingly im­por­tant to a child’s per­for­mance in school.

Re­solve to take pride in what you do that is good — and re­spon­si­bil­ity for your mis­takes. Both are valu­able.

Re­solve to ask for — even de­mand if nec­es­sary — help when you need it. Re­solve to have fun at school. If you are be­yond school, re­solve to continue learn­ing, read­ing and grow­ing in­tel­lec­tu­ally. If you can, vol­un­teer in the schools or be a men­tor.

If you have chil­dren in school, re­solve to be in reg­u­lar contact with their teach­ers. Re­solve to make your­self avail­able to help your chil­dren with their home­work and school prob­lems. Pro­vide the tools they need to suc­ceed.

Let your chil­dren see you say­ing “please” and “thank you” and treat­ing other peo­ple with re­spect. Show them you think ed­u­ca­tion is valu­able.

Take pride in what your chil­dren do that is good, and help them un­der­stand how to learn from their mis­takes and to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for them. Set lim­its and do not de­vi­ate from them. Re­solve to en­cour­age your chil­dren to go to bed at a rea­son­able time and wake up to a healthy break­fast.

Ed­u­ca­tion is a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort among chil­dren, par­ents, ed­u­ca­tors and the community. Re­solve to hold up your end of the quadri­lat­eral.

Happy New Year.

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