I wrote this post a week ago when it was T-minus one week until school starts and now the first day is here! My baby is going to kindergarten, taking the bus for the first time and wearing a uniform. My oldest enters 2nd grade and although the school is the same, different teachers, different classmates and higher expectations. He also has ADHD and with that comes a whole other set of worries and struggles. I know for parents September can be the most stressful month of the year- coming in close second, June and December. We want nothing more than for them to be happy right? I don't want them to just be happy, I want them to thrive. To fit in, to make new friends, to develop their gifts, to succeed and yes have fun while doing it!
So what can we as parents do to not let September and the pressure we feel to rub off on our kids? How do we strike that balance of supporting them, but not enabling them? These early years of school are when they develop so many important skills as well as building their character for the young men and women they will become. What is the most important thing for your family? Academics? Family Meal time? No screen time? Discuss and build a plan for the fall tied to your values as parents. Let me know your plans in the comments and may the force be with you parents (and teachers!)
Get ready September- we are taking control! Here are 5 steps to make your fall smoother:
1. Make a plan
2. Communicate the plan to the kids so they are comfortable
3. Stick to the plan
4. Positively reinforce when everyone follows the plan
5. Celebrate October 1st for surviving September !