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5 Tips To Avoid Raising Me Me Me Kids

As a father of a nine year old boy, I can honestly say that parenting kids during the modern age can be a bit tricky if you don’t practice patience. This is because today’s society tends to make room for what some like to refer to as “me, me, me kids”. Do you refuse to let your kids grow up to be selfish individuals who whine and pout when they don’t get their way? We surely don’t blame you. Here are a few tips you can use to avoid raising these so called “me, me, me kids”.

(1) Start At An Early Age

The best time to starting making your child aware of selflessness is at a young age. He or she should pick up the simple concepts of sharing, cooperating, etc. before heading to school.

 (2) Learn To Say “No”

You’re going to have to learn how to tell your kid “no”. He or she may be disappointed or even throw a tantrum, but eventually it will sink in.

 (3) Teach Them Manners

Kiddos should begin learning manners during early childhood. Start with the basics, such as table manners and playground manners, when your kid is a toddler.

 (4) Expose Them To Failure

Your kid is going to have to realize that he or she isn’t always going to win, receive recognition or be praised. This is why parents should try exposing them to failure at an early age while still encouraging them to get up and try again.

 (5) Give Them Chores

Kids who are given chores to handle around the house grow up to be less entitled than kids who have everything taken care of for them.

Responsible parenting involves bringing up kids with the manners, the consideration and the compassion they need to become contributing members of society. Turn to the above tips to help you.

Most schools also do an incredible job of nurturing kids’ teamwork and collaboration skills. As a platform that processes tens of thousands of dollars every week in school activity payments, it is so amazing and uplifting to see how parents support their kids and allow them to have incredible experiences in extracurricular academic and athletic clubs. Keep it up!

  • May 25, 2017

School Audits: Deposit Findings Are On The Rise

It’s a very common scenario in schools across United States: often when a teacher takes up money from students, the cash and checks get placed in a drawer or zip lock and forgotten for couple days or weeks since teachers are busy teaching and grading homework. Most states and counties have either a 24-hour or a three-day deposit rules in place to prevent possible cases of theft or loss of funds. Failure to comply with such procedures have resulted in thousands of school audit findings relating to internal control over financial reporting over the years.

There are more serious and fraudulent cases related to school deposits that create many headaches for the school CFOs and Business Managers. Just recently an Iowa state auditor found improper and undocumented spending that raised questions about whether donations, fundraising proceeds and player contributions were properly used. They found two high school bank accounts with $1.8 million in deposits operating outside of the district’s purview. One of those accounts was opened by a girls’ basketball coach and a teacher who had a full control and who improperly transferred some of the money into his personal bank account and purchased gifts for athletes and coaches.

With an increasing government and parent scrutiny on how booster monies or other local revenues being raised and spent, school auditors microscopically and constantly inspect school deposit processes to adequately modify procedures and practices and to ensure the most accurate and secure controls are established.

Having audit findings can also give a wrong perception to the public and external vendors. Banks, for example, review annual audits and might be less willing to provide a loan or increase a line of credit to a charter or rural school if they see significant deficiencies that took place, or even worse, recurrent instances that have not been resolved. It simply discredits the school and makes them less trustworthy in the eyes of the financial institutions. Down the road, even a small deposit finding can affect the credit rating and the ability to qualify for a low-interest facility bond which are crucial for many schools with growing student populations.

Skookii platform is every K-12 school CFOs candy store. It provides transaction data for timely reporting and reconciliations while precisely safeguarding internal controls and segregation of duties that are essential for a clean audit with zero deposit findings. Pay a school fee now and see for yourself!

  • May 25, 2017

3 Tips for Increasing School Enrollment

We all know that a school is not actually considered a school unless it has students who are receiving an enriching year round education. This is why one of the main focuses of school recruitment staff is always increasing enrollment. But how can school enrollment be increased without the level of education being offered affected? How can K-12 schools compete with other schools when everyone has an “A” school grade and provides equally excellent education? Here are 3 incredibly simple tips for increasing school enrollment without missing a single beat elsewhere.

 

(1) Update Your School’s Website

Let’s face it. Modern parents are used to being able to browse a school website before showing interest in enrollment. For this reason alone, you should make sure your website looks its best, is easy to use and is performing optimally. The menus should be easy to navigate, the text should be large enough to read and the color scheme should be pleasing to the eyes. Rich and relevant web content is huge, hire someone if your team cannot do it or simply needs an initial jump-start. Paying school activity fees should also be a click away!

(2) Utilize Social Media Platforms

You’d be surprised just how much social media engagement can help increase school enrollment. This is because these days everyone seems to be on at least one social media platform, whether it be Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Create a page and post regularly or build a discussion group. School should be very creative, authentic, positive and approachable here, because parents are always following and watching you.

(3) Measure, Record & Use Data

One of the easiest ways to stay out ahead when it comes to recruitment is to keep track of your data. This is because you want to be able to know what works, what doesn’t and what area(s) could use a little tweaking. Use your metrics to inform you of where you need to focus and where you can to let up. For example, you should always ask prospective parents how they heard about your school and incentivize current families to write awesome school reviews.

 

Increasing school enrollment isn’t as tedious as it may seem. In order to compete, it’s always a good idea to treat a school like a business. Use technology to your advantage and you’ll be all set engage with your local audience and increase student numbers.

  • May 25, 2017

Dear Schools: Parents are Customers of K12

PTAs (Parent Teacher Associations) don’t exist for nothing. Most parents try their hardest to stay involved when it comes to the education and upbringing of their children. This is of course one of the reasons why schools should never underestimate them. As a matter of fact, schools should actually start treating parents like their customers. Why? Well, because they are. Here is a look at a few common misconceptions when it comes to schools serving the parents who have children in attendance.

 Schools Don’t Have Clients or Customers

Yes, they do. They’re called parents and they deserve to be treated as customers. Parents have a say in just about everything, so it’s always a good idea to take their contributions into consideration.

 The Conversation Will Nothing But Negative

The fear of receiving only negative feedback may hold schools back from treating parents like customers. The problem with avoidance is that a school won’t know how to improve in order to better serve parents and students.

 Focusing On Service Will Take Away From Learning

There really is no reason why a school can’t juggle efficient customer service with top quality education. Listening and responding to parents takes time but patience is a virtue that pays off.

We Don’t Have the Staff Required

You don’t necessarily need a devoted team to take care of the customer service end of things. Teachers, counselors, and administrators are the ones who should be practicing customer service when dealing with parents.

 Some parents are more involved than others, but they all merit the same respect and graciousness. As long as schools are engaging with parents and actually listening to their concerns, the relationship will turn out to be fruitful. Just don’t stop trying to understand all issues and correct them as soon as possible to keep customers (parents) happy. And finally, to make paying school fees fast and fun, you got Skookii.

  • May 25, 2017
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