Five Steps for Back to School Simplicity

August 24, 2016 Kim And Nicole 2 comments
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A little bit of preparation can go a long way in the facilitation and simplification of a (relatively) low stress school year!  It is all about repetition and setting clear expectations, both for yourself and your kids. Here are our five top tips for a smooth transition.  As my sister always says, remember the 6 Ps: Prior Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance!


Nobody likes surprises. Articulating firm guidelines and consequences beforehand can alleviate future turmoil.  It is logical parenting.



Downloadable Calendar


This could be a monthly paper calendar that you print or a virtual google calendar as they get older. All family and school events could be listed so that everyone is on the same page and can SEE it.  (Remember the old saying, A picture is worth 1000 words?)  Cozi family organizer is another tool, and check out this great article with a list of other helpful tools.



  • Repetition is crucial
  • Have a ‘going out’ spot for next day items, i.e., where backpacks are organized and ready prior to bedtime
  • Homework stations that are quiet and well lit, with trash bins


Speak with your child the way that you would want to be spoken to. Limit distractions such as cell phones. Ask the questions that might be difficult.



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Prepare as much as you can the night before for the next day.  This can make mornings much smoother for everyone.  If you wake up BEFORE your children and get yourself ready first, this can also help you stay focused and present with them. (Remember the oxygen mask on the airplane?)


Remember to choose your battles wisely, trust your intuition, and be ever-vigilant!




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  • Follow through
  • Attend parent teacher conferences
  • Watch for signs of depression & anxiety
  • Use two ears and one mouth accordingly
  • Have the talks that might be difficult
  • Rise and get ready before your kids
  • Be a united front with your co-parent
  • Forgive yourself and laugh
  • Remind your kids that you are human
  • Say sorry when you mean it
  • See things through their eyes
  • Let them fail once in awhile
  • Take a deep breath and count to 10
  • Celebrate the little things too!


•Self belief and confidence

•Speaking up

•Empathy for others and for  issues

•Spirit and individuality

•Problem solving techniques  (don't just give the answer)

•Healthy coping mechanisms

•Getting enough sleep and eating  healthy



•Saying "my child would never..."

•Comparisons with siblings, good or bad

•Threatening in anger

•Being judgmental

•Helicopter Parenting

•Making assumptions


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2 Comments on "Five Steps for Back to School Simplicity"

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this is great info. thanks!!

Nicole Abaté Ducarroz