I am BURSTING AT THE SEAMS ready to share all these Back to School resources for Parents that I’ve been working on! My wheels have been spinning and I have been writing and creating, writing and creating! (more…)
Back to School Morning Routines
So here it is!!! Resources to take the stress out of this Back To School season! For some of us, the season has begun and for those few lucky ones, you are right on the brink of start days. Here are 3 Simple Steps to get your mornings flowing without the stress!
1. Do as much as you can the night before!
- Look at folders and sign forms as soon as you get home!!!!
- Kids need to empty Lunchboxes and refill water bottles for tomorrow.
- Have a set time for homework!!!! I cannot stress this one enough. (Do this ASAP to avoid the fight…look for future info on trouble shooting homework)
- Pack that backpack up and hang it or sit it by your exit. Older kids can do this without help!
- Showers before bed—we like to do this while mom is cooking supper.
- Send kids to lay out clothes and shoes—hair bows—earrings—socks— (trust me on the socks!)
- Check the lunch calendar for the next day-mine hangs on the refrigerator for easy access.
1. Did you send lunch money this week? If not, then do this now.
2. Have your kids pack their lunch boxes- all you have to do in the morning is add a cold drink and a sandwich if you don’t like soggy.
2. Get in Bed On Time! Sleep is important!! Children need 10-12 hours of sleep for healthy brain development and growth.
- Take a few minutes to connect with your child.
- Help! My child won’t sleep! (post about this coming soon)
- Go to bed!
Bedtime is a great time for connecting with kids. This is often the time they are ready to share thoughts/worries/concerns/exciting moments of their day…Keep the lights off and snuggle up or sit on their bed for a few minutes. *Warning* This is not a time for disciplining or lectures…just listening!
Sleep is important for you too! Go to bed early enough to get 7-8 hours of sleep.
*Unless you have a baby this is doable*
3. Rise Early!
- Please do not let your children be the ones to wake you for school! They need guidance! Get up early enough to be prepared for whatever the morning may throw at you—a child who can’t seem to wake up—a belly ache that sends them running to the bathroom—a child refusing to get ready—I could go on and on here. Get up and get ready before you have to wake them.
- Wake them up at a set time each day! Do it in a way that sets the tone for the day. No yelling or screaming. Please do not pour water on their heads… Wake them in plenty of time to do their own morning routine. Yes they will need a routine too.
- Eat Breakfast! Make sure to feed your child or get them to school early enough for Breakfast. A child cannot concentrate on school work with a growling tummy and they are more likely to get in trouble due to distraction of hunger.
- Grab backpacks (These should already be packed waiting by the door.) and head out the door!
- If your child is a car rider…Make sure there is time to walk your child in without hurrying them (if needed). You will be glad you got up early and got yourself ready before you left.
- Send them off with a hug, kiss, and “I love YOU!”
Remember Rome was not built in a day, and your routine will take some time to get used to.
Make this routine YOURS each day and your stress will be gone! If you need support, comment below so I can help you trouble shoot your routine. Remember Rome was not built in a day, and your routine will take some time to get used to. Don’t make these simple steps Hard! If you are struggling overall with parenting, call me today to talk about Parent Coaching at 615-683-1111.
Keep a lookout for an awesome resource I am adding for parents to help with the stress of getting your kids Back To School!
I have reached out to parents and teachers to ask them what the Biggest Struggles are with Back to School!
I will be offering tips on making this transition Stress free and Drama Free!
If you would like to make sure I address issues you need help with, then leave a comment below and I will try to include it in my offer!
Don’t forget to check back in a few days to get a chance to sign up for this opportunity to start the school year off Stress Free and Drama Free!
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Last post I asked you to write down as many positive things about yourself you can think of in 1 minute. I bet some of you struggled with this…if not great! You might not need to read about self-esteem. However, the flip side is I bet you can come up with double or more negative thoughts about yourself in less than a minute. Right? And the sad part is that we tell ourselves these negative things all day every day. We “bully” ourselves!
Kids do the same thing! “I’m so ugly…I’m fat…I’m stupid…No one likes me at this school…I can’t do anything right…I never do the right thing…I’m going to fail this test/class/grade…no one is going to pick me to be on their team…my parents hate me…I have no friends…” The list goes on. Now add to those negative thoughts negative perceptions. (more…)
One of the biggest challenges I find in my career is the pressure to diagnose children. With the added pressure of billing to insurance companies and customers wanting an answer to “Why does my child act like this?”, professionals are often pushed into slapping a label on you. Is it ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Oppositional Defiance……..? The list can go on.
This has always been a struggle for me. Not that I’m not prepared to handle diagnosing or know symptoms to treat. It’s that label. It sticks around. It’s often used to excuse behavior rather than change it. It can leave an impression on a child that “something is wrong with me”. And the biggest issue I have, a lot of times nothing is wrong with your child. They are developmentally where they should be. Yes, I said it. They are normal. They are reacting to the stressful events that are occurring all around them.
Let’s look at society today just to make an example here. Have you ever noticed how high anxiety and depression rates are in adults? How many people are on antidepressants to treat both issues? Do you feel life is stressful and over-scheduled? Feel like there is constantly something pulling you in a different direction, running from place to place, never ahead of schedule? Our children are right along with us. And not only can they feel the same way we are feeling, they can’t think through it the way we do. They can’t tell themselves, “this is only a season”, “things will be better after this week is over”, “vacation is just a week away”, or “I will just take a whole week off next month and reboot”. Nope. They are expected to be miniature adults who go with the flow!
When I was growing up, I remember being home most of the time. I played outside every day. I had a very active imagination. It was safe enough for me to roam around our neighborhood unsupervised, ride my bike all around the circle or the subdivision we lived in. Everyone knew who I was and we knew all our neighbors. I walked down the road to a small country store and bought honey buns for breakfast along with a papersack full of 5 and 10 cent candy and gum. We would walk down to the creek and swim. I road my bike to friend’s houses. We didn’t have a lot when I was growing up, but I had no idea until I was older and more mature. I never felt I was lacking as far as material things.
What about today? Kids are being showered with toys and candy every time they go somewhere just for being good in the store or to keep them quiet. They rarely play outside. They are watching shows that are developmentally more advanced than their little minds are. Their face is glued to an electronic device of some sort daily. They expect things to be given to them versus earning it through work (chores, helping a neighbor, etc). And need I say it, many parents have no set rules in the home or little structure for their children to know what is expected of them.
That in turn leaves us with children who have little tolerance for idle time. They are easily bored and can’t sit still and be quiet because they are used to constant entertainment of some sort. Their imagination is lacking. They have no patience and struggle to wait for reward because they are so used to immediate gratification. They are disrespectful not only to their “elders” (as we were always taught to respect our elders) and struggle with authority figures. They are constantly being reprimanded at school. (I won’t even get started on how the school system’s changes may be negatively affecting this too. That’s a post in itself.)
Then parents take them to a professional and explain that something is wrong with this child. He is always in trouble. He can’t sit still. She talks back all the time. I can’t get him to listen! The parent throws out ideas of ADHD… A doctor has maybe even suggested Oppositional Defiance. And then……a diagnosis is slapped on their head for the rest of their life. Now, don’t get me wrong, sometimes these diagnoses are accurate and helpful (sometimes…), but many times the child is overstimulated, overly attended to, and lacking some parental guidance. So, how do you treat that?
I would like to continue this with a series of parenting tips to help you make some changes where you see the need. Join me in the next few posts and share with me areas you struggle with the most as a parent.
I’m a little late posting this as I have had my nose in multiple parenting books. Raising Kids You Actually Like by Sheila Wray Gregoire is a good read. It’s basic parenting that we all need to be reminded of. The way we used to be parented has been forgotten and many parents today feel they lack these basic tools to discipline and train their children. “We have more education and we’ve forgotten. Provide structure. Provide stability by loving your spouse. Care for your children’s bodies by feeding them and putting them to bed.” (Loc 69)
I would like to share a few excerpts from her book…I love her humor and candidness. If you’ve never read anything of Sheila’s, I encourage you to check out her blog at To Love Honor and Vacuum where she gives advice on marriage, parenting, and sex from a Christian view.
I will let her book do the talking here:
“Power struggles with smaller children are easier to defeat than power struggles with teenagers. Yet too many parents give up in the early years…” (Loc 101)
“I once read about a dad who dialed 911 when he discovered that his teenage daughter had posted naked pictures of herself on Facebook. He was desperate, and to him this was an emergency. The dispatcher, though, wasn’t amused. She wasn’t in the position to do anything about it, because she wasn’t the girl’s parent. He was.” (Loc 98)
“…children can’t obey if no rules are laid down.” (Loc 98)
“If we don’t stress discipline when the children are young, then children don’t internalize self-discipline, or values, or even simple politeness.” (Loc 111)
If you need encouragement to remind you that you have the skills and tools to parent your children, then this ebook is a great way to motivate you and remind you that you can do this.
As a parent, we have the job of training, molding, and shaping the lives of our children to become strong, healthy, successful adults. That’s what we are doing here. Making responsible adults. However, if we aren’t disciplining them and nurturing them the way we are intended to, they become irresponsible adults who lack motivation and struggle to develop healthy relationships. The power is in the parenting.