1. Set your kids’ sleep schedules back to “school time” two weeks before the first day of school.

  2. Get your kids involved in programs they can do after school to keep them active.

  3. Visit cultural attractions like museums to shift their brains into “school mindsets”.

  4. Hire an after-school sitter or Nanny In the City if you are in Nashville, TN to help care for your kids while you’re at work.

  5. Have your kids visit a library or bookstore to pick out a book to read before the school year begins.

  6. Remind your children about the calendar schedule they’ll use to manage their activities.

  7. Try apps like Homeworksuite or my homework to help your kids organize assignments.

  8. Set up weekly meetings to review your kids’ schedules for the week(s) ahead.

  9. Create a family calendar that tracks everyone’s activities and schedules

  10. Revisit your rules about screen time for the school year.


11. Give kids a specific day when they can choose all the activities you do together.

12. Determine your family prayer time for the week

13. Teach your kids to prioritize their assignments by making to-do lists with deadlines.

14. Make sure to also include fun times after a long week of homework and busy schedules

Yolanda Shields, Author Speaker


About lettertooursons

Yolanda Shields best-selling author has over 20 years of experience as a business leader and also does international workforce development and social entrepreneurship work in the continent of Africa and other 3rd World Countries. She is a much sought-after speaker and trainer in the area of small business, entrepreneurship, nonprofit startup and sustainability, fund development, grant writing, diversity, human capital management, career development, and social entrepreneurship. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, France, and Africa. “I serve and guide individual solopreneurs or companies to new levels, expand growth and scale businesses to make a significant impact to produce an increased value that stands out among others. I love working in a collaborative way with leaders to translate business vision into strategic plans that are aligned to execute with excellence and sustainability”. She has earned a B.S. in Education and Social Work (APSU) MBA (HRM and Entrepreneurship). She has been appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to the Statewide Disability Board and the Labor and Workforce Development Board for the State of Tennessee and Vice Chair the Oversight Committee. She has assisted over 20 corporations in the areas of fund development, talent development, strategic planning, executive coaching/training, business operations and celebrity charity management. She is currently a mentor at the Vanderbilt University Wond’ry Innovation Center. She has worked with such celebrities as CeCe Winans, Darrell Green, Art Monk, Tony Boselli, and many others. Yolanda’s first book released in September 2013 which included a 10 city tour in 2013-2014 across the United States, France and continent of Africa where she shared her inspirational book dedicated to “Mothers & Son’s” – “Letters to Our Sons” – A Mother’s Journey Raising Sons to Become Men with Character and Courage. Her 2nd Book focused on Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy released February 2016 “Entrepreneurship is a MindSet not a Storefront”. For more information on Ms. Yolanda Shields visit To Book her Email
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