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How to Schedule Your Day More Effectively

A new school year brings an overwhelming amount of projects, appointments, deadlines and activities that seem overbearing and unrealistic.  Many of us never take the time to carefully plan and adhere to a schedule.  Schedules help us prioritize and plan our days so that we get the most of every minute.    Here are some tips that can make those unrealistic goals and tasks seem possible.

1         Make Your To-Do List the Night Before:  Before you go to bed at night make a to-do list for the next day.  You may also want to prepare the lunches and school bags at this time so the morning is not frantic and this way you won’t forget any important materials.

2         Be Realistic:  Don’t underestimate how long it will take to complete a task and this way you won’t over book your day.

3         Use an Appointment Book:  It’s unrealistic to think that you can keep your entire schedule accurately in your head.  When you use an appointment book you can correctly keep track of due dates, sports practices and games, appointments and any personal time to yourself.  You also want to always keep it by the phone or with you.  You never know when you need to add or cancel an activity.

4         Invitations:  When you receive an invitation to a party, make a note of it, the date and the time in your calendar as soon as you open the invitation.  It may also be helpful to get a tack board to hang up the invitation so you can visually have a reminder as well.

5         Keep Up with Choirs:  It may seem silly, but if you schedule a day and time to complete laundry, housework, yardwork and paperwork it will not be overlooked or seem overwhelming as it piles up.  Decide which days you can do each choir to completion and then stick to it.

6         Organize Your Bills:  Mark your calendar when bills are due.  Doing this will ensure that the due dates won’t sneak up on you.

7         Plan For Projects- Always Be Prepared:  When you get your child’s calendar and/or project assignments in the beginning of the year, write down all the important dates on the calendar so they are not forgotten.  Plan enough time to complete the projects so you are not rushing around the night before.  This will help keep the stress off you and most importantly, your child.

8         Adjust as Needed:  You may have to periodically revise your to-do list in response to changing schedules and priorities.

9         Treat Yourself: We all need a day of down time to decompress.  Take a day to yourself and use it to relax and rewind.

10     Be Flexible:  Unexpected things can pop up.  Don’t stress about it, simply put it in and adjust around it.

Planning for tomorrow can help you keep your life on track but don’t obsess about it.  You have to plan for tomorrow, but it’s important to remember to enjoy every minute of today!

By: Busy Moms Tips

Adapted by: Kim Hensinger

Separation Anxiety in Children

Family - Teacher with Parent & ChildA new school is a fun and exciting time in you and your child’s life.  However, it may also leave your child feeling anxious, nervous and unsettled.  Separation anxiety is a normal stage of development.  With patience, understanding, and coping strategies, it can be relieved and fade as your child gets older.

The following procedures are steps you can take prior to school in order to make the process of separation anxiety easier:

  1.  Practice separation.  Leave your child with a caregiver for brief periods and short distances at first.
  2. Schedule separations after naps or feedings.  It is harder for a child to be left if they are hungry or tired.
  3. Develop a “goodbye” ritual.  These are simple, easy rituals that are reassuring to your child.  It can be as easy as a wave through a window, a goodbye kiss or funny handshake.
  4. Keep familiar surroundings when possible and make new surroundings familiar.  Have the sitter come to your house and when your child is away from home, let him or her bring a familiar object.
  5. Have a consistent primary caregiver.  If you hire a caregiver, try to keep him or her on the job.  Do not fluctuate too much from the same person.
  6. Leave without fanfare.  Tell your child you are leaving and that you will return, then go-don’t stall.
  7. Minimize scary television.  Your child is less likely to be fearful if the shows you watch are not frightening.
  8.   Try not to give in.  Reassure your child that he or she will be just fine.  When you set limits it helps the adjustment to separation.
  9. Keep calm during separation.  If your child sees that you can stay cool, he or she is more likely to be calm too.
  10.   Praise your child’s efforts.  Use the smallest of accomplishments – going to bed without a fuss, a good report from school – as a reason to give your child positive reinforcement.

It is always important to help your child through their fears.  One must always listen and respect their child’s feelings.  Let them explain to you how or why they are feeling the way they are.  Children do not benefit from “not thinking about it.”  You must always show empathy and patience and gently remind them that he or she survived the last separation and will be fine this time as well.  Every good effort – or small step in the right direction – deserves to be praised.

Written by: Helpguide.org

Adapted by: Kim Hensinger