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Are you STRESSED?!?

Posted on General, Stress September 28, 2017 by Mary George

Tips for Stress & Transitions!

The beginning of school is difficult for all of us. We are coming off of a carefree summer with little semblance of a schedule. Our kids are shaking off the cobwebs and trying to acclimate to a new grade, possibly a new school, and the ups and downs of friendships. As parents, we are dealing with their books, uniforms, class schedules, back to school nights, and scheduling activities not to mention being the taxi for them and trying to work! I can feel my anxiety rise just writing about it! So what can we do to deal with the stress that both we and our children have as we transition into a new school year? We thought that we would take a few tips from our Workshops on Stress and Transitions and give them to you as a way to help you deal with this crazy time of the year.
Treat this year as a FRESH START –
  1. Allow for a clean slate to start the school year. Your child may be a different student – even a few months can trigger a huge maturational spurt.  Summer experiences may contribute to new skills or confidences that encourage a new commitment to academics, reduce their fear of making mistakes and therefore make them more willing to think creatively.
  2. Don’t repeat your previous mistakes.  Think back to the previous strategies that you tried to implement. What worked? What did not? Find a time to think about it and possibly try to new approach.
  3. Be open to new possibilities and remain positive. Notice small spurts of maturity and growth and acknowledge them. Success is motivating.
  4. Be appropriately involved. As our children grow and change, how we involve ourselves also evolves. Be aware of your child’s maturity. Every child is different and what is right for one child may not be right for another.
  5. Set up Technology Use contracts with your children – if you both know what the expectations are then it will negate future stress and issues.
  6. COMMUNICATE and BREATHE!
A few good reads…
 
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety, and Transitions
 
I Can Handle It – Mindful Mantras for Kids
 

 

—Mary & Claire

 

**My Remarkable Self is available to give workshops, school/camp assemblies and classes for parents, students, educators and businesses. Please contact us at info@myremarkableself.com for further information.**

 

© Kids Empowered LLC and My Remarkable Self® 2017

Make them Count!

Posted on General, Parenting August 11, 2017 by Mary George

As the days wind down to the first day of school, let’s make the most of the last days of summer with our children. Here are a few tips and tools to guide you to a wonderful start to the school year!

1. Tech Free family dinner – all devices go in a basket and assign a role to each child to help prep a fun dinner together.  Kids can come up with the menu, help cook, set the table and start the conversation with…

“What is your least favorite thing about technology / devices?”

“What is your favorite?”

2. Spend some “Quality Time” – Ask your child for their idea of quality time with you and try to do it together before school starts.  Is it throwing a football, going for a bike ride or walk, cooking together or playing a board game? Often times our child’s version of quality time is simple, honest and real!

3. Conversation starters for meal times…

“How were you brave today?”

“How were you kind?”

“How were you a good friend?”

“Did anything make you worry or feel nervous.”

“What made you laugh today?”

4. Set School Year Goals – We always think about setting goals in January but what about now?!? Take time to sit down and set some goals for you and your kids for the school year – have your kids set their own goals not your goals for them!!

 

—Mary & Claire

 

**My Remarkable Self is available to give workshops, school/camp assemblies and classes for parents, students, educators and businesses. Please contact us at info@myremarkableself.com for further information.**

 

© Kids Empowered LLC and My Remarkable Self® 2017