For many kids, this week marks the first day back to school, the end of summer, and the return to a schedule. For me, this week marks my return to this blog. Over the past several months I have taken a break from writing. While there were many reasons for the hiatus, mainly I was burned out and wanted to pursue other ideas I had regarding my business. Now, the time has come for me to get back into the swing of things and return to writing. I will not be posting everyday, as that is what killed me last time, but I will be posting bi-weekly. I have lots of topics I want to cover so let’s get started!
Going back to school is tough. We have created a giant ritual around back to school. To me it is like a volcano churning until just the right moment. Shopping for new supplies and clothes, getting classroom assignments, and figuring out which classes friends are in. The whole thing is tough. There is so much physical, mental, and emotional effort that goes into the ritual that by the time school actually starts you’re exhausted.
Let me offer a few tips to make this time of year more enjoyable for everyone.
- Plan ahead (seems obvious, but it is the first to be forgotten)
- Get your kids to help (make lunches, pick out clothes, etc.)
- Plan for problems (allow extra time and be mentally ready)
- Make lists (for everyone in the house)
- Get enough rest/down time
- Make a schedule and stick to it
- Get excited with them
- Jump right in!
Now that you are somewhat ready for the chaos of back-to-school, look for more ideas on academic motivation, building a routine that works, and getting a head start on holiday preparations in the weeks to come.
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