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7 Things to do so that your child goes to school without a struggle

7 Things to do so that your child goes to school without a struggle

As a teacher, I know what it is like when a child comes into the classroom upset. Whether it’s a student who is crying, one that is teary-eyed, or just plain upset. It is hard to get them focused, difficult to get them to interact with others, and almost impossible to teach them any new information. It takes a while, sometimes a long while, to get that upset child into the mode of learning.

As a parent, I know that some mornings it is a struggle to get everyone out the door on time, with all of their stuff, having eaten breakfast, and in a good mood. The struggle is real on occasion.

There, however, things you can do in order to try to make your mornings go smoother and get those sweet kiddos to school where they are ready to learn!

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The keyword here: PREPARATION

You need to really do most all of these things the night before. I have found that the age of the child really does not matter either. High schoolers need to be prepared just as much as Kindergarteners.

1. Set clothes out the night before.

2. Know what they will eat for breakfast and have it ready the night before.

3. Have their hair brush and toothbrushes set out ready for use.

4. Pack a lunch the night before.

5. Have the backpack by the door, or in a designated spot.

6. Talk about your schedule just before going to bed.

7. Get in a routine.

Not only do the above suggestions make sense, they are things you can do tonight!

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Something as simple as taking ten minutes tonight will make your morning tomorrow go much smoother. Having things set out and ready for the next day is a really small change to make in order to have a happy child that is ready to go to school tomorrow.

I have found it quite interesting that we tend to have diaper bags ready for any and all situations that may occur. We have extra bottles, snacks, clothes, and even toys. Something happens though, when we change from a diaper bag to a backpack. For some reason, we just forget to have things ready for the next day.

Odds are, you have thought of most of these already and even may be doing some of them already. One that may be overlooked is breakfast. Students need a good breakfast to get them going for the day. Knowing what that breakfast will be is key. Cereal  and breakfast bars make it easy, but you can cook ahead of time and either freeze the breakfast or refrigerate it so that they can have a nice hot breakfast on those colder days.

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One of the more important steps I think is talking to your child about the next morning: What time they will need to get up, what time you will be leaving for school, and what they need before walking out the door in the morning. Every age can benefit from this, as well as those who struggle with anxiety or changes. Those children, in particular, really need a routine.

Perhaps, the most difficult of all of the steps is simply getting in a routine. However, once you  are in the mindset of doing these things on a regular basis you will actually miss not doing them. And, when you accidentally run out of time at night or forget, you will still be thinking ahead so that the next morning really is a bit easier than it would have been in the past.

Remember, you can make anything a “routine” if you simply commit to doing that one thing for one month. Doing the above seven things will make the rest of this school year go much smoother. And, if you start next school year with these in place from day one, then next year your mornings will hopefully be much less of a struggle.

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Featured photo credit: kaboompics.com_Girl with backpack via Kaboompics.com

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Last Updated on November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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