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We’ve had quite the busy spring and summer and just came back from our longest-driving trip with kids to date. Granted, it was only 8-9 hours each way, but that’s long with a 3 and 7 year old!
So, school has started and we are busy! So, we’re naming this episode “Kids are Back in School.”
I did find an article about how to make that transition, and although school is already in session, it’s not too late to take some of this advice For A Smooth Back to School Transition
Hold Your Ground
Clarify and affirm your boundaries. The start of a new school year is a great opportunity for parents to establish new boundaries for kids and the family. If you have thought for months about new ways of being you would like to implement for your family next year, don’t wait for New Year’s resolutions, this is the perfect time! Be it no phones at the table, no television before school, or only one dessert per day – make your boundaries clear and then be prepared to hold your ground.
Most of us do better with routines. Remember when our kids were just babies and we read all those books about sleep and nap routines? Maybe you were even a slave to the nap schedule? Like boundaries, routines help us make sense of the world. When we can make sense of the day or the week and know what to expect next, the world seems less chaotic, less out of control, more predictable and more manageable and we can relax into life more. Create a morning routine so kids know what happens each morning. There should be less morning struggles when everyone knows the routine.
Build in Downtime
Don’t overschedule. Allow for true downtime to go to the park together, to go get an ice cream, to play at home, to have quiet time to organize thoughts (this is relevant even for young children), to pretend play, to run outside, to journal, to listen to music, to draw or to just be – to be together, to be alone, to be with inner thoughts. After school activities such as sports, dance, gymnastics, music, etc. no doubt offer enrichment to our kids and may give us an extra hour or two to run errands or check our emails but the running to/from after school activities and in between carpools can also be exhausting and taxing on us and our kids.
I want to try out a new segment that just reads article titles related to parenting. Some are funny, some are esoteric. We won’t talk about their contents, so no context!
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And remember everyone, Always kiss your children goodnight – even if they’re already asleep.
Chad and Trish