Are your children heading back to school after summer?  Here are some parenting tips that are good at anytime but with a new school year upon us, here is some advice on setting up new routines for heading back to school:
Make time for breakfast

We’ve all heard it; breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It’s not just the energy breakfast provides for the day but it helps our focus.  In addition, it gives a time to sit together and create a positive expectation for the day.  Our mood is impacted not only by our nutrition but by the tone with how we start the day.  If we are hurried from the moment our feet hit the floor, it impacts everyone else around us as well.

Plan ahead

Teach your children that everything has a place.  By having a spot where there backpacks, school books, and other items go establishes order.  It also makes life easier if at the end of every day, your son or daughter prepares everything they will need for the next day.  Having them put away and prepare their own belongings teaches them that they are responsible and accountable for what they need.  Plus, it takes one less stress off the next morning.

Be deliberate in choosing after school activities

This is not just for your children, but also for parents who need to avoid overload.  Don’t sacrifice quality time together for keeping your son or daughter involved in activities that cause you to compromise time you could invest in their lives and in your family.

Laugh together

Just laugh and have fun.  Being able to laugh in life is not only a stress reliever, it is simply good medicine.  “A joyful heart is good medicine.  But a broken spirit dries up the bones.  Proverbs 17:22

Create some space for you

Alleviate your own stress by making sure you have some time just for you.  Make time for your devotional.  Grab a cup of coffee.  Exercise.  Go somewhere in the house where you can read.  Don’t forget to take care of yourself!

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