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Guide to Surviving the School Year

The school year is rolling! Whether you have kids at home or are working to serve them at your agency (or both), that means a routine – of sorts – is underway.  For me, I feel like it just started AND has been going on already for months. How is that possible?

Whatever your circumstances, what challenges are you facing? What’s your “hot topic” at home or working with kids just now?

As a parenting expert, I get a lot of questions (and complaints) about back to school. The first few weeks are new and we find ourselves trying new things to be more productive, more organized. We have every intention of keeping these habits, but then we slip back into our old ways and we can see what struggles we have (and our kids have) with back to school.

I put together some resources for you that may help with getting a smooth start to the new school year.

Parenting Tips for Back to School

How to Know when your kids are too sick for school

As a family doctor, many parents ask me this question. Here are some go-to guidelines for keeping your kids home (or sending them to school).

Parent Teacher Conferences

Do you dread parent-teacher conferences? Don’t! Use these tips to get the most of this time with your child’s teacher.

The Back to School List That Doesn’t Cost, But Could Save Your Child’s Life (Responsibility.org)

This is an article I contributed to for Responsibility.org. These back to school supplies don’t cost a thing, but they may save your kids especially in a situation they face with alcohol or drugs.

Don’t Bully-Proof Your Kids

Are your kids being bullied or witnessed bullying? Do you want to jump in and get involved?

Teaching Kids Responsibility

Teach Kids to Not Lose Their Library Books

Do your kids scramble to find their library books each week? Here is a hack that works!

How to Get Kids To Take Responsibility for Their Own Hygiene

Don’t want your kid to be stinky? Tired of reminding your kids about basic hygiene? Do you have a younger child you want to become more independent when it comes to hygiene? Here are some tips for you.

Help Your Kids Create an X Plan

Work with your kids to create a plan for situations they may get into and have trouble exiting from.

Teaching Kids Resilience

For Teens: Talking to Your Parents About Mental Health

This is a great guide for teens and parents to open up the lines of communication and start talking about mental health.

Don’t Bully-Proof Your Kids

Are your kids being bullied or witnessed bullying? Do you want to jump in and get involved and protect your kid from bullies? Read this first.

Teaching Kids Respect

Help! My Kid Behaves Better at School Than At Home!

Does this sound familiar? You aren’t alone! Get my tips.

For the Kids: Asking for Permission the Right Way

Great to share with your kids the next time they need to ask you for permission.

How to Stop Being Your Kids Chauffer

This simple tip can help you avoid becoming a “chauffer” and get you back to being “mom” or “dad”.

Is Your Kid the Class Clown? 

Read the advice I gave this mom! If you have a class clown, this is a must-read!

Be sure to check out my other parenting videos here on the blog and on YouTube! If you have a parenting question, feel free to type it in the box on the home page or submit it to our podcast!

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