Self-esteem Coach Laure Redmond, author of Feel Good Naked, joined us with these simple tips to make the back-to-school transition a little easier and at the same time, pleasant and enjoyable!
- Strategic Thinking ~ Prepare for Good Mornings: Explain to everyone in your household what their morning routines need to look like. Young kids may have fun drawing pictures of each step of their morning schedules, while older students can benefit from creating "responsibility charts" that will help them sail smoothly through their daily routines. Also, practice laying out clothes and packing lunches early, while focusing on what YOU need to have a calm, sane, balanced start to each new day.
- Create a Back-to-School Yearly Party Tradition: Creating an annual end-of-summer tradition, whether hosting a last-night-of-summer barbecue, a neighborhood talent show or an intimate family game night can make the new season feel positive, exciting and optimistic.
- Schedule Regular De-cluttering Sessions: Find a space to corral all the stuff that you don't have time to put away the moment you step in the door. Once you're ready to get organized, you won't have to hunt all over the house for the dry cleaning or your child's field trip permission slip. Rather than waiting until an industrious mood strikes (we all know where that leads), have a de-cluttering routine in place ~ whether it's spending 15 minutes sorting mail after work or tackling a new project every Sunday afternoon.
- Pursue Happiness ~ Put on a Happy Face! You may feel sad about your children getting older, anxious about their new class or worried about how they're reacting to the new school year. To the best of your ability, try to exude confidence and good feelings. Seeing Mom stressed out can put a damper on a child's enthusiasm.
- Embodied Exercise: Join a weekly dance, exercise, yoga or meditation class that's all about ~ YOUR NEEDS ~ Don't think of it as a luxury, it's a necessity!
- Put All Hands On Deck (even the little ones): Kids can help out a lot more and a lot earlier than many parents think. Have them empty small wastebaskets around the house, lug laundry down to the basement, clear and set the table, clean the litter box, load the dishwasher, vacuum the living room ...
- Quality Sleep: Routines need to be repeated every day and night, even if it's the weekend ~ wake up and go to sleep at the same time ~ turn off all electronics, including TV ~ ONE HOUR ~ before slumber.
For more on improving your mind-body health, visit Laure's website.