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By GreatSchools Staff
Help your child update your family calendar
If you have more than one child to shepherd through this busy period you'll need to keep an eye on scheduling conflicts. Sometimes you have to enlist other relatives and friends to cover all the concerts and big games. If your child plays a role in marking the calendar, he'll see how he needs to budget his time for homework and still be able to attend all the rehearsals before the class play.
Beware of graduation escalation
There was a time when high school graduation was the one that mattered. Today, preschool, kindergarten, fifth-grade and middle-school graduations have become Major Events in many communities. Graduating from one school to another is certainly worth celebrating, but probably not worth breaking the family budget. Buying the expensive Hawaiian lei your child insists she needs for the fifth-grade graduation ceremony puts pressure on other parents to do the same. Talking to other parents ahead of time about holding down graduation costs can help you hold the line on your budget.
And finally ...
You don't have to bake the cookies. Buy them and enjoy a quiet hour reading with your child instead!
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