Tips Back To School Planning

The back to school preparation is never easy. It is a welcome task since after two months of having the children at home parents are quite welling to rush them back off to school. The process of purchasing school uniforms and supplies can be tedious because of the crowds of parents in major department and grocery stories moving quickly up and down isles. With the eagerness to send children back to school parents overlook some important preparations that can help cement a good school year.

At the beginning of the school year parents, students, and teachers are settling in and the focus for most is getting all the applicable school supplies. Many nonprofit organizations work with big businesses and community members to provide the much needed and at times very expensive school supplies to many students.

Back to school the first week before and the month after school is all about having the appropriate tools for each grade level. Principals and staff organize and categorize text books based on grade levels and demands. Auxiliary teachers bring in supplies for the first few months of classroom projects and assignments. Classrooms contain wall displays outlining class expectations, and basic information reflective of the academic subject.

First time college students attend orientation and learn about campus living, the rules of the Bursar’s office and their area of the dorm living. These students and their parents finalize college cost and expenses with numerous trips to department stores. Everyone is aware of the importance of getting dorm room furniture, bed linens, personal products and the like, setup in time for the first day of class.

Parents work at getting their children’s appearance presentable for school. New clothes are purchased with appropriate shoes. They take their children to the barber or beauty salon to get properly groomed for school. Parents of elementary, high school and college students focus on the first day of school. They rush around doing whatever it takes for the initial school week.

The school year lengthy and at time unpredictable and yet most of the focus gets placed on the first day of school. Within the school year, students struggle with completing homework assignments and getting good grades. Why then do parents spend so much time and energy on the first day of school? There are some basic but important preparations that parents should take to help their students succeed from the first to the last day of school.

Laws of Potty Training in a Weekend

Potty training in a weekend means you have to be your child’s coach, it’s your job to guide them through the potty training process. To accomplish your goal you need to be in the right state of mind, parents who have the fastest results are all aware of the 3 laws of potty training in a weekend.

Following these laws to the “T” will make potty training in a weekend a piece of cake. Skip one of these laws and you are sure to have toilet training problems.

Law #1 – Be Positive

Potty training can be one of the most frustrating times for a parent. They find themselves wanting to pull their hair out and quit when the process starts to get tough. Toilet training is all about keeping your child motivated and having them enjoy what they’re accomplishing. Accidents will happen and it is extremely important to remain calm and act positive. Instead of showing your child your frustration with negative reinforcement and yelling, be positive by saying phrases like “don’t worry, we’ll make it to the potty next time.” This makes the situation less stressful for both you and the child.

Law #2 – Be Persistent

Being persistent is about putting your foot down even when things get tough. If you let your child get away with a single accident while potty training, your child will think they can get away with accidents all the time. If you never let your child get away with an accident they will quickly figure out that there is no other option but to use their potty. The goal is to have your child running to the potty on their own.

Law #3 – Be Consistent

Being consistent is about simple repetition, you need to consistently ask your child the same question every 15 minutes… “Do you have to go potty?”… At first it is more than likely your child will answer “no” when you ask. By remaining consistent with the question and persistent at carrying the child to the potty when they have an accident, they will start answering yes. Shortly after you will see your child running to the potty on their own without you having to ask them if they need to go.

These laws are based on very simple psychological principles and when used together, creates one amazingly easy potty training experience for both you and your child.

Tips Preparing Your Teens for Success


My mother was an expert on preparing teens for successful lives. When I was ten years old, she sat me down for a mom to daughter encounter and told me that I could come to her with any concern or worry I might have. What a treasure that was!

So how can we prepare teens for successful lives?

1. Help teens to develop strategies for achieving academic success. Recent studies have shown that praise for good work is not as effective as praise for the path used to achieve success.

2. Be proactive in discussing life issues with teens. Talking about good education should begin in the pre-teen years. Don’t wait until grade school graduation to talk about high school years. Talk about financial responsibility needs to take place when the first allowance is given out.

3. Use the dinner table to discuss relevant issues. Do the “what if” game at the dinner table. What if a friend cheats on a test? Would you tell the teacher? What if you found out that a classmate was doing drugs? Who would you inform? What if you were approached for drugs? What should you do?

4. Why questions are also important. Why is a college education needed in today’s world? Why should you choose a good school? Why is it necessary to work hard to get good grades? Why should you put education and jobs first, followed by marriage, sex, and children?

5. Provide a safe environment so your teens will feel comfortable confiding in you. Let them know that they are loved, appreciated, and treasured.

6. Eliminate all drug and alcohol use. Addictive behaviors will make them feel unsafe and will set the background for developing addictive behaviors.

7. Stress the significance off forming strong positive friendships.

8. Raise your teen in a faith tradition. Children brought up to believe in God will have the advantage of placing trust in something or someone above and beyond them.

9. Eliminate all violent media from the home. Do not allow your children or your teens to watch violent videos, TV, or movies. The American Pediatric Association has just come out with a warning about the effect of violence on children and teens.

10. Emphasize the importance of sexual restraint until marriage while giving your teens a comprehensive education on sexual realities.

11. Give your teens your quantity time. In the nineties, there was emphasis on quality time, verses quantity time. Quantity time is far more important than quantity time.