Are you feeling it?
I’d call the first week of school a success. AND, my entire family was spent by the weekend.
I even took a Covid test on Saturday because I couldn’t fathom why I felt so exhausted.
It was negative. I guess we’re just not yet used to firing on all cylinders again.
Are you feeling it?
The transition to the September routine is usually something I get a little giddy about and instead I’m feeling sluggish.
Despite being slow on the uptake, one thing I know about this season is it is highly scheduled and very repetitive which means it can be managed by getting comfortable with routines.
As soon as I get out of this little funk.
“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” – Zig Ziglar
How to get kids comfortable with routines
Kids thrive on predictable routines too
Everything is easier to swallow when we know what’s coming.
And while creating and implementing routines can feel like adding MORE to our already overloaded minds, the opposite is actually true.
Routines reduce decision fatigue and give us clarity which improves our capacity to focus on what we need to accomplish.
Tip: Set up your routines once and repeat them regularly until they run on autopilot.
When it’s age-appropriate, (likely younger than you’d think) your kids can learn this skill too!
While every child is different – you know this if you have more than one child living under your roof – they can all benefit from building a routine around the nightly stressor for kids and parents alike…
Here is what the experts have to say…
In the article, Helping Kids Back Into the School Routine authors, Lianna Wilson, MA, and Sarah Straus, MS, offer four “quick reminders to help make the transition from the beach to the classroom easier for your and your child.”
Spoiler alert, one of those reminders how to get kids comfortable with routines around homework, which pairs perfectly with this week’s featured podcast episode: Taking the Stress out of Homework with Brian Platzer.
Homework can be a massive source of conflict throughout the school years. Brian Platzer is an expert on how to minimize this: he’s a teacher, tutor and writer. His advice isn’t just realistic and actionable, it changes the dynamic for good! – The Puberty Podcast
👩🏽💻 The Grace Lab
Join us on Fridays, at 2pm ET in The Grace Lab on Zoom for our weekly community call.
It’s like a book club except instead of reading an entire book, you just have to listen to a single podcast episode.
Use it as an excuse to pop in your headphones and listen while you go for a walk or tackle something you’ve been avoiding (like folding laundry… just me?).
Listen to the episode on tap for the week found here, then join us on Zoom! The episode is also the first one on the playlist below…
🎧 The Podcast Playlist for Busy Moms
Here are the latest episodes added to the September playlist:
Remember to 💚 it to save it to your Spotify library so you can chip away at it while you sip your coffee, drive, walk, exercise, organize, fold laundry, cook, clean, etc.!
🐝 BIZI: An Online Community for Busy Moms
Our online community is an off-social spot to engage and connect. We ask questions and share resources and ideas that encourage moms to give themselves grace.
Today’s issue covered how to get kids comfortable with routines according to the experts, now we want to hear from you!
Question of the week: What are your best tips help kids establish routines?
Post your response here in our online community (and/or check out what other moms are posting!)
And because we’re certainly not all business in our community…
📺 Here is what I can’t wait to watch. The new season starts today!
📚 Here is my latest read. I couldn’t put it down!
🎧 Here is a great podcast episode that Amanda loved and recommends!
Share what you are in to this week here!
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