BACK TO SCHOOL TIP FOR WEEK!

School has started… We suggest that you set the clock 30 min. early to allow a little extra time to snooze…. and time to make sure the kids get out of bed, because you may have to ask more than once. Then….
• Breakfast… VERY IMPORTANT! We all need energy to get through our day. Our children need nutrition to stay focused.
• Wash, dress and get ready.
• PRAY for your kids.
• PRAY for your patience with them! They may have had a rough day too. Reading, Writing and ‘rithmetic can be taxing on the brain.

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BACK TO SCHOOL TIP OF THE WEEK!

Let’s talk about our pre-schoolers & elementary schoolers. We have bought the “school” clothes, uniforms and some of the school supplies. Our summer routine is over and the “back to school” routine begins… Now pray for your strength and patience! We’d suggest that you start preparing for each school day as early as you can. I would suggest that the day/night before…
<>Lay out the clothes, shoes, socks, etc. Leave nothing to chance.
<> Prepare the lunch (or secure the lunch money) and the book bag. 

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BACK TO SCHOOL WORDS OF WISDOM!

Routines take practice. Things will not always go as planned, but you do need a plan. Don’t forget to take DEEP breaths often. Take each day as it comes and be the best that we can be. We must embrace our children, no matter how old they are, even when they are doing somersaults on our very LAST nerve, they are ours and we love them more than words can describe!

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It’s Back to School!

For some, school is already open.  We have taken the freshman college students to their campus and set up the dorm rooms.  We pray that we haven’t forgotten anything…. Did you make a list of all the stuff they will need?  Did you check it twice?!?!?!?    In most cases, our college students will be sharing the bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen spaces.  So you may have to label some of their stuff and remember, space is limited.  I remember when my youngest was a freshman, she practically packed everything she owned.  😀  … We all live and learn!

Although it looks really neat, if you have this many boxes, you've probably taken TOO much!  :-)

Although it looks really neat, if you have this many boxes, you’ve probably taken TOO much! 🙂

Now let’s talk about our pre-schoolers to high schoolers.  We have bought the “school” clothes, uniforms and some of the school supplies.  Our summer routine is over and the “back to school” routine begins… Now pray for your strength and patience!

Start preparing as early as you can.  I would suggest that the day/night before we do the following …

  • Lay out the clothes, shoes, socks, etc.  Leave nothing to chance.  🙂
  • Prepare the lunch (or secure the lunch money) and the book bag.
  • For the girls, comb the hair and tie it up.
  • Bath time and prayer!

Then as time allows, unwind with a cup of tea and prepare for the next day.  Make a to-do list, to include what happens after school, i.e. family time, dinner,  homework, etc.  Remember, patience!

Our new day begins!  Set the clock 30 min. early to allow a little extra time to snooze…. and time to make sure the kids get out of bed, because you may have to ask more than once.  Then….

  • Breakfast… VERY IMPORTANT!  We all need energy to get through our day.  Our children need nutrition to stay focused.
  • Wash, dress and get ready.
  • PRAY for your kids.
  • PRAY for your patience with them!  They may have had a rough day too.  Reading, Writing and ‘rithmetic can be taxing on the brain.

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This day will end and another one begins.  It’s called Life!  Routines take practice.  Things will not always go as planned, but you do need a plan.  We can seek peace in the midst of our chaos OR we can have chaos in the midst of our chaos.  Don’t forget to take DEEP breaths often.

Try to keep the house in Order as best we can.   Take each day as it comes and be the best that we can be.  We must embrace our children, no matter how old they are.  Know that they were entrusted to us and even when they are doing somersaults on our very last nerve, they are ours and we love them more than words can describe!

All of our steps are Ordered.  I wish you all SHALOM (Peace) in your hearts and in your homes!!

Now, It’s Back to School!

 

Fall into Order!

The Fall season is the best time of the year to prepare for change. This is a season of transition.  We have had to move quicker from the summer to Back to School!  For most, the daily routine has changed. As I remember it, the children’s bedtime changes.  We have to do homework and prepare the clothes the night before.  It was also wise, to have the book bags packed and lunches prepared and in the frig. My kids didn’t just jump out of bed the next morning… so we had to allow for the slow movement to get teeth brushed, face washed, etc. etc. etc. , which made the prep the night before even more critical.

Our work routines may also change slightly.  In most businesses, not all, the summer months are a tad slower.  Workloads may vary as we cover vacations, however, when activity ramps up and everyone is back to work, adjustments have to be made.

So from September until about the middle of November, we are in transition.  Then we begin preparing for the holidays and before you know it, a new year is upon us.  I would suggest that we “Fall Into Order”.   Start planning now!  In a little more than six (6) months, we will be ending the first quarter of 2014.  I realize that some of us REALLY don’t want to think that far ahead, however, it will be here before you know it.

Let me suggest that Falling in Order, be a positive transition! Identify three (3) things that you want to accomplish. No, I don’t mean resolutions….. but 3 realistic goals, i.e., read a great book, plan a family outing (that’s not a part of the hustle and bustle of the holidays), make a date night with the spouse and keep it.  Order doesn’t mean just organizing the closet or basement, yes, it may help, but there’s more to it.

Identify those obstacles which may hinder a smooth transition… those things that might get in the way of the 3 positive goals that you want to accomplish in the next 6 months, 180 days, 4320 hours.  You do have time, if you plan now to Fall into Order!

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