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3 Easy Ways To Have A Better School Year

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If you’ve got school-age kids or you’re

heading back to school again this Fall,

you know it’s about to get really crazy.

And I’m not just talking about trying to

get all of the school supplies and books.

I’m talking about heading back into

the frenzy of homework, extracurricular

activity schedules, meal planning,

childcare, transportation and getting

to bed at a reasonable time.

Remember that kind of frenzy?

A Little Sanity, Please

There are a few things you can do to

make this a healthier, saner school year

for everyone in the family.

No, there is no miracle organizational

system I can share with you, no simple

way to plan meals everyone will love.

Just a few things to try to remember

that will make a difference over time.

1.  One Meal Together

Whether you decide on a leisurely

breakfast (which means you have to

get up earlier) or make your dinner

hour sacred, plan on having one meal

together as a family…one minimum!

You need that time to reconnect and

make sure everyone is on the same

page, to give attention to your loved

ones, and “break bread” together.

Research shows kids reap big mental

and physical health benefits from this.

You will, too.

2.  Limit The Activities

This may be hard to do if your child

is into everything, but limit their

extracurricular activities to 1 or 2.

By the time you add in practices and

rehearsals, extra events or parties,

and end-of-the-year tournaments,

you and your child are going to be

in over your heads with any more

than 1 or 2 commitments.

Burnout isn’t pretty and doesn’t teach

your child helpful life lessons.

Pick one thing and give it 100%.

3.  Get A Weekly Goal Board

Put a whiteboard or chalkboard up

in your kitchen or dining room.

Put all family members’ names on it.

Every week, each person writes the goal

they are working on that week:

get to bed on time, finish my book report,

eat one more veggie every day.

Whatever matters to each person.

It’s goal setting done “real basic.”

What you see each day is what

your brain continues to process.

Everyone helps with accountability.

No Miracles, Just Life

That’s It!  No miracles, just three

things to do this year that over time

will make a significant difference in

how things go in your household.

Less is more, more time together

is good, and keeping your eye on

the ball helps in reaching the goal.

It Does Take A Village

If you don’t have children of your

own, consider asking your neighbor,

family member, or co-worker if there

is something you can do this school

year to help things run more smoothly.

After he or she recovers from the shock

of hearing someone wants to help lighten

the load, be assured there are things

you can do:  transportation, mentoring

or tutoring, helping out with a school

or extracurricular activity.

When it comes to helping kids, you’ll

always get more than you’ll ever give.

Now here’s to a great new school year!

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