Keeping Your Calm This School Year

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Keeping Your Calm This School Year

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As this school year approaches, I thought I would share some of my plans to have a calm year! This year I have one 7th grader, one 9th grader, two high school seniors, one in Estethecian School and one junior in college. Whew, that is a lot. I will be honest, the first couple of weeks I find myself struggling to get us all on the same page. Between school, jobs, sports, etc… keeping this house running smoothly is a challenge.


Here are some of my tips for surviving back to school:

  1. Create Dream Posters.
  2. Create a Healthy Meal Plan.
  3. Follow Through on Healthy Meal Plan.
  4. Plan a family night to make dream posters. You will need poster board, markers, magazine, and glue. Invite your children to create a dream poster and display them in your home.
  5. Have a Dream Poster Date Night with your partner/spouse.
  6. SLEEP… get sleep. Make sure everyone in the home is getting enough sleep.
  7. Organize your space and remember less is better. Don’t forget to create a cozy corner for reading books/getting away.
  8. Take time to watch and listen. What are your kids talking about, playing with, dreaming of? What pushes their buttons, brings them joy, challenges them?
  9. Create a realistic routine that you can live with. Encourage children to stick with routine.
  10. Be Flexible – If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change it.

    **Show Notes: “Keeping Your Calm This School Year” – The Real Kathy Lee**

    – Welcome to “The Real Kathy Lee” podcast on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
    – In this episode, Kathy Lee shares her valuable tips for surviving the back-to-school season with grace and composure.
    – As a homeschooling expert, she knows the challenges parents face during this time and offers practical advice to navigate it successfully.

    **Segment 1: Creating Dream Posters**
    – Kathy Lee’s first tip is to create dream posters with your children.
    – Gather poster board, markers, magazines, and glue for a family night dedicated to this activity.
    – Invite your children to unleash their creativity and make dream posters that represent their aspirations and goals.
    – Display these dream posters proudly in your home, creating a positive and inspiring environment.

    **Segment 2: Dream Poster Date Night**
    – Take the concept of dream posters a step further with a special date night with your partner or spouse.
    – Spend quality time together creating dream posters that encompass your shared dreams and vision for the future.
    – This activity can be a fun and bonding experience, strengthening your connection as a couple.

    **Segment 3: Ensuring Healthy Meals**
    – Kathy Lee emphasizes the importance of a healthy meal plan for the family’s well-being.
    – Develop a meal plan that includes nutritious foods and is realistic for your family’s schedule.
    – Follow through on the meal plan to ensure everyone is well-nourished and energized.

    **Segment 4: The Power of Sleep**
    – Kathy Lee stresses the significance of getting enough sleep for all family members.
    – Establish consistent sleep routines to promote better sleep and overall health.
    – A well-rested family will be better equipped to handle the challenges of the school year.

    **Segment 5: Organizing Your Space**
    – Create a clutter-free and organized living space for a more peaceful home environment.
    – Encourage a “less is better” mindset when it comes to possessions, and declutter regularly.
    – Designate a cozy corner for reading and relaxation, providing a space for family members to unwind.

    **Segment 6: Active Listening**
    – Kathy Lee advises parents to actively listen to their children’s thoughts, interests, and concerns.
    – Pay attention to what excites and motivates your kids, as well as what challenges them.
    – This insight will help you better understand and support your children throughout the school year.

    **Segment 7: Designing Realistic Routines**
    – Develop a practical and feasible daily routine that accommodates the family’s needs and schedules.
    – Encourage children to adhere to the routine, as it provides structure and stability.

    **Segment 8: Embracing Flexibility**
    – Stay open to change and be flexible when certain aspects of the routine or plans aren’t working.
    – Don’t be afraid to make adjustments to improve the family’s well-being and overall happiness.

    – As the school year begins, it’s crucial to maintain your calm and composure.
    – Kathy Lee’s tips, such as creating dream posters, focusing on healthy meals and sleep, organizing your space, active listening, and embracing flexibility, will help you navigate the back-to-school season with confidence and ease.
    – Remember that each family is unique, so find the strategies that work best for your household.
    – Stay tuned for more insightful episodes on “The Real Kathy Lee” podcast to enhance your homeschooling journey.


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