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Assets in Action: Time to practice getting ‘ready for school’

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week, I would like to suggest that you practice getting up a little earlier, if you have kids attending school next week. It is always a harsh reality to all involved in the process.

If you back up the going to bed time and make the time to rise earlier too, it will make the first few days much less harsh. It is the reason that I am always happy that school starts on a Thursday.

Those two days of intensity really help to assist in the getting back in a routine.

I think as parents and caregivers, we forget that it is a mad dash from the alarm going off to heading out the door. It helps if we plan ahead and help our children to plan ahead, too. Think about easy things to pre-package the night before and leave items in a row and easily accessible to make it easier on everybody, especially of you require kids to make their own lunch.

This will be my last, first day back to school and I still want to make sure it is a positive start. Life is too short to be grumbling about anything on such a great day. You would feel the EXACT same way as the kids if you have 10 weeks off and had to go back to work.

I have a great program I am happy to present called, “A Day in the Life of a Teen.” It is about a 15-minute walk through a teenager’s entire day and all the things they may experience. If you have a gathering of adults and would like to give it a try, give me a call.

If I could teach you anything, it would be that your attitude has the ability to set the tone for the entire day. I don’t think it has to have a “Leave it to Beaver” perfection, it just has to have an amount of kindness and positivity that they can carry with them throughout the day. All kids need to know they are loved, so try and eek out a kind work or moment of compassion.

When my kids were really young, if I made sure all of the shoes were in one place the night before school, life was so much easier. Unless you are an early riser, don’t fool yourself into thinking you won’t hit that snooze alarm.

Good luck and have a wonderful year.

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) is a non-profit dedicated to youth leadership, science education and community celebration.