One of the things that my kids have learned more from their mom is the importance of making lists. We all have our routines, but she is also great at modeling how a simple list can help you track your progress. All four of our kids have used school planners to do just that.
With school just a little over a month in progress, it's a good time to check in with your son about how he's managing his time. This is a crucial life skill that only gets more challenging and rigorous on the high school level. This article offers some great tips to support you and your son along the way. While it is a valid concern of parents today that kids have too much on their plate, their involvement outside the classroom doesn’t take away from their academics. Instead, it allows them to use other gifts, make lasting friendships, learn teamwork and discipline and grow in confidence. It’s no accident that the Jesuits have been promoting well-rounded development for 500 years. I’ve seen these benefits first hand with my oldest son who graduated from Loyola last year. He is across the country navigating a challenging curriculum and athletic schedule. Last week he had two days off from football practice and sent me a text about how easy it was to get his school work done. It is a blessing that I have not gone to bed one single night wondering if he could handle it, because of time management learned by friends, fellow classmates, teachers and counselor here at Loyola -- he is ready.
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Mr. Heath Utley