Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 14 of the Virtual Book Tour for the new E-Book Parenting Responsively for Connection, available from HeartwiseParent.com, written by ACPI Parenting Coaches for Parents to deal with the most difficult task of maintaining connection with the growing child whose behavior changes and shifts.
Yesterday, the book tour visited Sherri Boles-Rogers at parentingheart.com/another-excerpt/. Visit now if you haven’t had the opportunity to meet all the authors. Tomorrow’s tour will be the final blog (Day 15) with Irish Barbour at www.mylifemag.com.
In the meantime enjoy the following book excerpt as well as this podcast
featuring author Adina Lederer, Certified Coach for Parents & Families.
Excerpt © 2011 by Adina Lederer
With the school year comes a season of new transitions. Getting off to school, getting into school, leaving school, going to activities, leaving activities and coming home from school can make morning, afternoons and evenings a stressful time for both parents and children.
On any one morning, if the bus or carpool is running late, the domino effect can create a logistical nightmare for a working mom or dad.
Fortunately, with a little organization, a back-up plan or two and realistic expectations, we can successfully navigate transition times and prevent bumps in the road from becoming major mountains.
If we want to establish a healthy, productive rhythm and balance in our lives and maintain close connections and deep bonds with our spouse and children, we need effective strategies that provide strength for us all.
Effective strategies can help us all successfully navigate transition times, manage household chaos and prevent us from becoming disconnected when our world around us seems to be spinning out of control.
While fairly simple to implement, these 10 strategies can help everyone manage their responsibilities effectively and cut down on the chaos that tends to surround transitions.
- Do what you can the night before. Prepare lunches, snacks, backpacks, children’s clothing and more.
- Allow children to be involved in the preparation process. When children are involved they become vested in the outcome.
- Create menus for lunches and dinners in advance. Make shopping lists, go to the store and prep as much as you can over the weekend.
- Develop schedules for the morning, afternoon and evening. This includes setting aside time for homework, meals and playtime.
- Set homework schedules. Create a schedule for children based on their age and capabilities. If a child needs breaks in between their homework schedule, budget time for those as well.
- Provide healthy snacks throughout the day.
- Create a work environment that is conducive to completing homework. A bright, quiet designated area with supplies readily available works well.
- Make time for dinner. Children enjoy family mealtime and children who eat meals regularly with their families are less likely to engage in risky behaviors.
- Establish nighttime rituals. A nightly routine that includes a bath and time for reading and talking creates connection and a sense of security.
- Set alarm clocks. Waking up the same time each day can help promote consistency and routine. Be sure to give everyone enough time to get ready in the morning. Wake up 30 minutes before your children to you can take care of your own needs before they awake.
Throughout my many years of parenting, teaching and coaching, I have learned that with a plan, structure, consistent effort and an understanding of our strengths and weaknesses, we can develop tools that strengthen our lives and allow us to live with more peace and balance.
Don’t miss this podcast featuring author Adina Lederer, Certified Coach for Parents & Families.
Be sure to follow the Virtual Book Tour for the E-book Parenting Responsively for Connection tomorrow for the final blog (Day 15) with Irish Barbour at www.mylifemag.com. For further information on this E-book and the others in the Heartwise Parenting Series, please visit heartwiseparent.com/e-books/.