Getting ready for the coming school year? Me too.

Happy Wednesday!

Today we’re starting an in-depth, 4-part series today, on how to start the school year off right.

I don’t know about you, but every summer I get into a nice, laid-back groove. Typically, my tendon-disorder pain decreases, and my well-being increases, because it’s the chance to relax, spend time with family and friends.

Also, there is lots less to think about, no soccer or other after-school activities, a lot less driving.

Often, I can wash up some green beans and slice some tomatoes, throw on a little fresh mozzarella, and call it “dinner.”

I have been known to think “hey! I haven’t had any tendon pain in weeks! I must be finally getting better!”

And then… September comes.

Everyone has to be everywhere, often with food and matching shoes.

There is a lot more driving.

There is also a lot more stress! Overtired kids, and parents (if I’m being honest.) New routines, new teachers to meet, sudden and wrenching change. Weren’t we just in the middle of summer?

The first way that I want you to think about starting the school year off right, doesn’t even really have to do with the school year.

It has to do with us, and how we view the world.

Instead of listing off all the bad things – and believe me, I am right there with you in that temptation – stop and think instead about what’s good in your life.

After eight years of dealing with this tendon disorder, I have learned that this is the very first thing I must do when confronting any new challenge.

When I’m feeling anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed, I immediately do my best to set aside the bad stuff.

Instead I ask myself:

“What are 5 things I’m grateful for?”

It’s almost like a positivity jump-start.

Some days, it can be really tough to get to the fifth thing! But when you do, it is worth it. Naming 5 things we are grateful for changes are mindset, and makes the world seem like a much more positive place.

Here is the TED talk that first got me doing this, by the wonderful and hilarious Sean Achor. This TED talk helped me understand how important habits are, and how crucial it is that we choose habits that feed our soul, and continue doing that even in times of stress.

So get into the habit now, before the poop really hits the fan.

Start getting ready for the school year by thinking about 5 things you’re grateful for, today, and each day over the next 4 weeks.

If it helps, click here for my contact page, and tell me your 5 things.

I’ll be cheering you on from here, as I keep listing my 5 things.

And together, we can hold hands and get ready for what is to come.

Keep reading below for What’s up on the podcast/In the Facebook group…

Wishing you a wonderful parenting week!

In-Training Update: This week, I’m acknowledging the burnout. I am pausing in my In-Training Updates, for the month of August, so that I can regroup and recharge. Educating Happy Kids is still in production, never fear. For now I am finding it best to work in productive peace and quiet. Thank you for your positive thoughts <3

What’s up on the podcast this week:
We talk about your supremely important role in your child’s formal education!
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What’s up in the We Turned Out Okay Facebook group this week:
Magic Words for Parents is off for the month of August (see my In-Training Update above.)
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