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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 September 17, 2018

10 Reasons Why You Should Get Naked More Often

10 Reasons Why You Should Get Naked More Often

Getting naked is often thought of as an act that should only be reserved for intimacy—and even then some get squirmy! Many people are more comfortable believing that the more clothes you are wearing the better. However, getting naked more often can have great benefits for you. Here are 10 great reasons to get naked more often:

1. It burns more fat.

Your body’s main supply of brown adipose tissue (BAT), or good fat cells, are located around your shoulder blades and neck. When your body is exposed to the elements and is cooler, the BAT proliferates and essentially kills the white adipose tissue, aka bad fat cells. So, not wearing any clothes helps promote this and makes you healthier.

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2. You’ll become comfortable with who you are.

Self-acceptance is hard to come by today. Ask anyone you know and see if they are happy with themselves. Chances are they will say they are too fat, not pretty, and find all of the flaws that they can. In reality, others do not see this. They see that you are beautiful. When you begin to get naked, you learn to appreciate your body and realize how beautiful you really are.

3. It saves you money.

Being naked more often saves on buying new clothing since you are wearing nothing a lot of the time. Be careful when you are in public, though—you may have to put on some clothes!

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4. It increases your immune system.

Being naked and getting exposure to the sun’s rays actually increases your body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is directly related to your immune system. When you have optimal levels of vitamin D, your body’s immune system is impeccable, and you will be better equipped to ward off viruses, including the common cold and flu. So go lay outside naked on your private balcony or in your yard.

5. It makes you face your fears head on.

People cringe today when you mention the words “get naked.” They are so afraid of it—and today’s children are so ingrained with this—that they must wear layer upon layer to deal with their body image. However, when you are naked, you face your fears of body image and self-acceptance, experiencing some of the best moments of your life.

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6. You will feel better in your clothes.

When you do wear clothes (because not everyone has yet accepted being naked in public), you will start to choose clothing that accentuates the parts of your body that you love. You will begin to notice that maybe that muumuu does not flatter your beautiful curves and start wearing clothes that you love.

7. You will embrace vulnerability.

When you put yourself out there, it is a natural reaction to have fear and worry. However, this is an opportunity to embrace being vulnerable. It allows you to think and get down to the core of what really matters and what is of importance to you. When you strip away all of the excess, you are 100% you and willing to take on anything that comes your way.

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8. You will show the world the real you.

Today, we have many ways of altering our appearance from our true body image when we wear clothing. Some people alter their image so much that they fear getting naked with the person they love. It seems crazy that this could even happen; however, the rise in use of breast-enhancing bras and Spanx products has put this idea into people’s minds. This all goes back to being comfortable with your true body image. If a person really does love you, then they should not love you based upon your image. If they do, then you may even decide that the ever-so-uncomfortable leggings that go up above your waist to hold in all of the imperfections may not be worth it after all.

9. You will have fun.

Well, this could go in all sorts of directions. But when you are comfortable with your naked body and see it as being flattering, then life is more fun. You start realizing that you are beautiful and are willing to do more things that you probably would not have done otherwise—with and without your clothes on.

10. You can have intercourse with the lights on.

Many people are self-conscious about the way they look and decide that the less lighting the better when they are intimate with their partner. It’s nothing new. If you survey your best friends, you will probably come to this conclusion too. They may say that it even gets awkward, because they are more concerned with what their partner thinks of their body than just having and enjoying amazing intercourse. When you love the way you look naked, you will also want to have your partner see you at your best.

What are you waiting for? Start spending more time in the buff today and begin to change the way you think about your body.

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