Is your family ready for an exciting adventure in the next 30 days?
At Yellow Parachute’s Quantum Jump, we have created a special roadmap just for you.
This roadmap is all about protecting your wellness, developing awareness of and practicing executive function skills, setting personal goals, and building habits that will not only help you become successful and efficient but also bring fulfillment to your every day life. Don’t let the boring name fool you – you’re about to transform your life.
We invite you to join us in the course Parent/Kid Roadmap to School + Homework Success.
You will find 4 steps in this course, meant to be visited in partnership as parent and kid. They will take you approximately sixty to ninety minutes to complete, depending on how deeply you discuss each activity (or how much resistance you get), What you learn will change the way you think about your life, the goals you set, the way you plan, and – hopefully – the way you relate as parent and kid when it comes to school and homework.
Let’s take a minute to sample the four steps together…
Step 1: Eliminate the Roadblock of Conflict
Step into the captivating realm of the kitchen table and watch as the barrier of conflict crumbles away. Here, parents and children can join forces to delve into their divergent perspectives on school and homework. Parents bring with them a wealth of thoughts, opinions, and experiences that have shaped their own educational journeys. Naturally, parents yearn for their children to surpass their own accomplishments. They may feel a pang of regret for missed opportunities and determine not to let their kids face the same fate. Perhaps they were diligent students themselves and struggle to understand how their children could possibly have unfinished assignments.
Conflict arises when misalignment occurs: children, in their quest to establish their unique identities, may show disinterest or impatience towards their parents’ ideas. Parents, interpreting these actions as indifference towards school, fail to see that their kids are actually saying, “Give me some space to figure things out on my own.” Kids are busy forging their own paths, seeking a purpose that resonates with them. However, it all becomes tangled when we ask that seemingly simple question: “Do you have any homework?”
Step 2: Create a Working Plan
Wellness Wheel & Habits List
First things first, you will have the most important opportunity to assess your current state of wellness. You will take a look at the eight categories on your Wellness Wheel and customize them to make them more meaningful to each of you. Maybe you want to split the “Family and Friends” category into separate ones or change “Career” to something like “School” or “Parenting.” You could even add new categories like security, service, leadership, or community.
Next, you will rate your satisfaction level in each area on a scale of 1-10. Connect the Xs and voila! You’ve got your very own Wellness Wheel. You will reflect on how you feel about your life as you look at the Wheel, how you currently spend time in these areas, and how you’d like to spend time. You will each identify the category that would have the greatest impact if you improved it, starting from today. This will be your focus for the next 30 days!
The Wellness Wheel gives you a chance to look at your life in different levels of satisfaction or fulfillment. Thinking through this exercise can bring valuable perspective to feelings or nagging thoughts you may only have felt in the back of your mind before. With parent and kid in partnership as you examine your Wheels, you have the chance to unpack your busy schedules and get down to what matters most
Executive Function Skills Profile at a Glance
Next, you will take a closer look at how your executive function skills affect their satisfaction in the category you chose and across all categories. The EF Skills Wheel is all about you – no one else!
Just like with the Wellness Wheel exercise, you will think about what a perfect 10 would look like in terms of your satisfaction for how each executive function skills area adds to your success. You will identify the top 3 strengths and weaknesses to build awareness to plan for your success!
Your Vision, Goals + Why
Next, take a moment to reflect on all the valuable information you’ve gathered about what truly matters. Now it’s time to harness that knowledge and use it to create an awe-inspiring vision for your future. Picture this: as you sit down to write your vision, you’ll be able to draw upon all the great insights and understanding you’ve gained about what truly resonates with each of you, as a parent and kid team.
It’s an opportunity to paint a vivid picture of what you aspire to achieve together, encompassing the goals, and aspirations that are close to your hearts. But we’re not stopping there. Once your vision is crafted and brimming with inspiration, it’s time to take the next step and transform it into actionable goals.
These goals will serve as the guiding light, leading both you and your child towards a path of growth, success, and fulfillment. By breaking down your vision into tangible, measurable objectives, you’ll have a roadmap to follow, ensuring that you are constantly progressing towards your desired destination.
Now, let’s talk about the WHY. Behind every goal lies a deeper purpose and motivation – a compelling reason that fuels your determination and keeps you going, even when faced with challenges along the way. By delving into the reasons behind your goals, you and your child will gain a profound understanding of the driving forces behind your aspirations. This deeper level of understanding will not only keep you motivated but also enable you to make decisions and take actions that align with your true desires.
And here’s the best part: by engaging in this process together, you and your child will create a common language for success. You’ll develop a shared understanding and appreciation for each other’s ambitions, dreams, and goals. This mutual support and encouragement will strengthen your bond and serve as a powerful source of motivation on your journey towards achieving your aspirations. So, are you ready to step into this world of limitless possibilities?
Step 3: Pre Week Planning
Welcome to the incredible habit of Pre Week Planning. Create a family opportunity to gather for dinner, a favorite activity, movie, or even a game. Take time to open your calendars, planning software, sports engine links, activity emails, and sync them all together for the week. The magic part of your sync? It includes your kids’ classes, assignments, quizzes, tests, homework assignments, projects, in addition to mental, physical, and spiritual health routines. You will have the opportunity to decide where, when, how, and why homework will happen for the week. The look ahead gets all brains ready for a great week and helps relieve last minute competition for your time and energy. Creating a clear weekly plan can help you stay organized, managing motivation and energy throughout the week.
Are you and your child ready to take a quantum leap into the next 30 days? Remember, the power to change lies within you. So grab hold of this roadmap and embark on a journey towards becoming the best version of yourselves!
Step 4: Plan to Navigate Bumps in the Road
You’ve embarked on a road to success, armed with a trusty roadmap and your favorite traveling partners. But what happens when the path takes an unexpected turn? Well, just like carrying an umbrella for a sudden downpour or having a spare diaper in your bag for those unpredictable moments with the little ones, it’s crucial to plan for when things don’t go as planned.
Think about it. Life is full of surprises, whether it’s the weather, sports performance, moods, learning, homework, test scores, or even those unpredictable curveballs thrown by baseball pitchers. But here’s the secret: approaching your kids’ school and homework routine with a prepared mindset will unleash your creativity when problem-solving is needed.
By envisioning the future and thinking ahead, you’ll have the energy reserves to manage your expectations and find solutions. It’s all about embracing challenges as opportunities for growth and learning. And that’s how parents can empower their kids to achieve even greater success than they did themselves.
So, face those unexpected twists and turns head-on and show your children that obstacles are merely stepping stones to something greater. Together, you can conquer any challenge that comes your way and pave the way for a future filled with achievement and resilience. And today is the day to start!