The Time is Now: Develop an Educational Plan

Close up of a female university student holding books and a laptopSummer is here and the sound of active, carefree children is in the air. I know their presence makes you smile now, but raise your hand if you plan for your children to live with you until they are thirty years old. I’ll wait. For some strange reason, I don’t believe that many of you have your hands raised. If you want to raise independent, self-sufficient children, this article is just for you. I’d love to write about some fun, lighthearted summer activities. But the truth of the matter is the time to develop a game plan for the 2014-15 school year is right now. A successful game plan must go beyond uniforms, lunch menus, after-school activities and bed times. Furthermore, as parents, we must bring our parental “A Game” to the new school year and that starts now. You may be thinking, “Really? Is it really that serious?” It is.

According to a survey released by Pew Research on August 1, 2013, 1 in 3 young adults ages 18-31 live at home with their parents (just in case you’re wondering, that’s roughly 21.6 million young adults). Wait, there’s more. Approximately 21% of those living at home with mom and dad have a bachelor degree, 37% of them have had some college and 45% of them are unemployed (Fry, 2013).

Every family defines educational success a little differently, but I’m pretty sure most families would say a big part of success includes steering clear of the above statistics. We want our children to earn grades that reflect their successful retention of information. We want our children to have a positive attitude toward learning and self-achievement that supersedes the classroom. We want our children to live out their dreams. You obtain the goals you have for your children by employing a good educational plan.

By now, you’re probably thinking that an educational plan doesn’t sound like a bad idea. A good educational plan can help put your child(ren) above the curve and far away from the statistics mentioned above. Factors to consider when developing an education plan are:

• What are the short- and long-term goals for my child? • Who is on my child’s team to help him/her reach their education goals? • What learning environments best compliment my child?

Summer comes with the responsibility of planning for the next school year. Now is the time. The plans you make now will affect your children for years to come. You can help secure the future you want for your child(ren), and for yourself, simply by developing a comprehensive educational plan and creating an environment for it to work. Change the statistics and set new standards. Let the planning begin!

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References Fry, Richard, (2012). A Rising Share of Young Adults Live in Their Parents’ Home. Pew Research. www.pewsocialtrends.org.