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Tips for Simplifying Back-to-School

From Wanda Urbanska, Simple Living expert and author of The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life

• Commit to a successful school year. Sit down with each child and discuss the upcoming school year. Identify each child's favorite activities or memories from past school years and what they count as their greatest accomplishments, as well as their least favorite things about school and the things that cause the greatest difficulty. Write down goals for the upcoming school year.

• Establish a routine. Pay attention to the choreography of daily life - getting kids in the habit of wake-up and before-bed routines can go a long way to providing structure and stability. Whether it's packing backpacks, laying out clothes or a shower schedule, committing to a carefully constructed routine can help parents and kids avoid frantic and frustrating mornings on the way to school.

• Pack lunches in reusable containers. Teach kids healthy eating habits and how to reduce household waste by sending them to school with lunch packed in reusable lunch boxes and food containers.

• Create a "homework zone." Set aside an area that is connected to the main living space, yet sheltered from distractions. Give each child their own space with folders to store important documents, such as homework calendars or test schedules, as well as any materials they will need to complete assignments.

• Slow down and enjoy the moment. Practice the art of listening by taking time to really be present in the moment. Ask questions and pay attention to what your kids have to say about going back to school, including their hopes and fears. Share stories about your own memories from when you were their age.

• Get involved. School is a community, like anything else. Take full advantage of the opportunity to connect with your kids teachers, friends and families of their friends by joining a parent organization, fundraising or activity committee. Attend activities like open-houses, concerts and sporting events together with your child.

• Make it a celebration. The start of a news school year is a ritual and a rite of passage for both you and your children. Acknowledge the beginning of the new school year with something special such as a send-off breakfast, taking a picture or wearing a special outfit.

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