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The Prepared approach helps kids build skills through real-world learning, self direction, positive relationships, and collaboration. But figuring out how to develop these habits in our children is a challenge for all of us.

Prepared Parents makes bringing this approach into your home as simple as possible. We take common parenting situations and — based on leading psychology and research and learnings from nearly two decades of working with thousands of students  — offer a set of tools and activities you can build into your daily life.

Consistency and repetition are key to building new habits

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Back-to-School Guide

Use the Tips and Tools in the Prepared Parents Back-to-School Guide to set your kid up for learning as you map it out, start well, find your stride, and power through.

Student-to-Teacher Letter

Use the Student-to-Teacher Letter to help your kid reflect on their learning and get prepared for the new school year. The questions and prompts will give a glimpse into how your kid sees themselves while also helping their teacher understand how to interact and encourage your kid in the new school year.

Parent-to-Teacher Letter

Use the Parent-to-Teacher Letter to flip the script on the parent-teacher conference. Share your family’s stay-at-home schooling experience with your kid’s teacher. Use the letter to elaborate on the skills and habits your kid developed and the challenges you see them still facing. As parents, our new perspective into our children as learners is an open door to a partnership with teachers moving forward—because we’re in this together.

Integrate Checkin Checkout into your daily routine with Prepared Parents

Integrate Check-In / Check-Out

Start the day with a Check-In and end it with a Check-Out. Check-In / Check-Out helps build routine into your family’s day, which fosters connectivity, aids in the development of academic and social skills, and boosts health and wellness. Use Check-In / Check-Out to get grounded, talk about feelings, share gratitude, and learn from takeaways of the day.

INGs parenting tool at Prepared Parents

Discover your kid's INGs

An ING is something your kid likes doING. INGs help your kid find and explore new interests and could even lead to pursuing those interests more seriously. Use the INGs Tool to help your kid find and dig deeper into their INGs.

Expose, Explore, Pursue parenting tool

Nurture curiosity with Expose, Explore, Pursue

Use Expose, Explore, Pursue to help get your kids from curiosity to pursuit and purpose. Expose them to new opportunities, Explore the ones that spark interest, and Pursue the ones that could be deep passions.

Set and achieve goals with the Self-Directed Learning Cycle with Prepared Parents

Help your kid set & achieve goals

Goal-setting is an essential skill that helps people of all ages pursue interests, develop universal skills, find purpose, and contribute to the world around them. Help your kid set and achieve goals with the Self-Directed Learning Cycle, whether those goals be around homework, passion projects, or individual responsibilities. Transform micro-management into self-direction.

Create real-world learning with projects at home

Create real-world learning projects

Real-world projects are activities that engage your kids in hands-on experiences. Learn how to create real-world projects at home to help your kids develop new skills and habits, retain learning longer, and follow their innate curiosity. Turn anything into a project, from schoolwork to family trip planning to chores.