Parenting Tips

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USEP-OHIO PARENT TIP: Fall Frustrations

This brief Parent Tip is provided at no cost by United Services for Effective Parenting-Ohio, Inc. as a tool to assist parents, teachers, grandparents and all who help to care for and to raise our children. For more information on this and other tools from USEP-OHIO refer to the conclusion of this Parent Tip.

Most of us experience a real shock when September rushes headlong into October, which slips into November bringing on new schedules, shorter days, wind and rain, homework, and the pain of life transitions for ourselves and for our children!  It is no longer summer!  I was not ready to give it up!  The kids in our neighborhood are bemoaning homework, new responsibilities and trying to squeeze it all into the day.  Parents are facing the challenges of work and the need to help with school and community issues – but also the specter of being ready for the holidays looming on the horizon – not that far away!  Teachers are doing their best to be excited about having a job, and hoping that the budgets hold out, the programs expand and are not cut any more.   Most adults are facing challenges of trust and trying to keep a positive frame of mind when our country’s leadership seems so negative and uncertain.  We want to trust the future.  We can structure our days and influence the kids and adults around us by being hopeful.

It is a good reminder that we parents, grandparents, teachers and all adults are needed to provide a firm foundation of hope for the future.  Kids thrive when they know what to expect.  Adults thrive when they too can trust in the future.  So what can we do to provide that framework of trust?

Be positive, and take a few minutes to mention the good things each day with your children, students and co-workers.  Ask them to note one good thing that happened each day and share it.
Get organized,  Remind yourself and the youngsters by keeping track on a daily calendar.  Encourage them to maintain a daily routine, and do it yourself.

Make time for the things you enjoy and encourage them to do the same.  Stay connected with family and friends, sharing feelings, fears and concerns.  Children need to see that we value connection in our lives. 
Turn off anxiety triggers – TV, internet, radio if they make you anxious.  Help kids do the critical thinking that gives them understanding; reporting is often loud and uses alarming language to get our attention.   That also goes for talking amongst the adults about school, work, community, local and national politics and events.  I have trouble enough dealing with constant, frustrating updates on my phone and computer!

Do your best for the children in your life,  you all need to take good care of yourselves. Firmly demand that you and the youngsters in your life get adequate rest, exercise and eat regular, balanced meals.

 Enjoy the children – all ages!  Delight in the everyday moments that bring you joy.  Consider talking to a trusted health professional or seeking other professional help if you have more questions or need support.  It is normal and may add to your set of parenting/ teaching communication and personal skills!

Meditate, breathe deeply, pray – do the things you need.  Research proves they are healing!

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Parenting Tips

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