the It's time!
It's only July but it's time to deal with BACK TO SCHOOL.
I know it's too soon. There is still too much summer left for many and not enough for left others. Back to school shopping list, books list, dorm room purchases, safety items, book bags, and the first day of school outfits! It's just too much to deal with right now. At least that is my opinion.
What about you?
Each year I begin my July quest for a stress-free, worry- free, back to school transition. Believe it or not, I have found some things that work. Today I want to share them with you. Whether you drop off at college in a few weeks or have until after labor day to see your grandbaby start kindergarten, these tips will help lessen the stress because you have them prepared. We can all enter the new school year safe, smart, and ready to thrive!
Tip #1- Get and keep a paper calendar. You might do fine with everything electronic but kids carry notebooks and planners. Help them learn a new skill. Show then how to write down what they need to do, where they need to be, and the date it all happens. Show them using your own calendar.
Tip #2- Use your electronic calendar to manage the paper calendar and keep the big picture view of all that's going on. Older kids can also sync their electronic calendars with yours but YOU be the calendar manager in the family.
Tip #3- Go through all of last year's clothes, books, and gadgets. Get rid of what is too small or no longer useful. This way you make room for what you need in the new school year. You don't even need your kids approval to throw away torn T Shirts, and shorts with stain that won't wash out.
Tip#4- Budget and plan for books and school supplies. The tax free days, coupons, and online sales are all coming and going. If you don't have the money on that day, be patient and plan purchases carefully. If you miss a sale, trust that something better is coming along. Also investigate renting text books, buying used books, and bartering with other parents as viable options for getting what your student needs.
Tip #5- Exhale and Exhale and Exhale! Yes, your "baby" is growing up and no one knows it better than they do. You don't have to tell them a thousand times. You don't have to be afraid of letting them choose age appropriate outfits as long as you approve. Take a deep breath. Exhale. Let go a bit and let them put into practice all you have taught them.
Listen, Mom and Grandma...Our kids grow up and must learn to live in this world independently of us. Our job is to train them. To teach them and to support them. We are responsible for loving them enough to help them be safe, be smart, and thrive!
Getting ready to go back to school,
Lisa Ellis Williams
Author and Speaker
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Are you ready for back to school?
Which one of these tips will you use to get ready?
I am Lisa Ellis Williams.