Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tips For Making The New School Year A Positive Experience

OK~ I was recently reminded that it takes all kind of people to make our world go around, including the negative people that can bring us down in an instant. The new school year has kicked off for many and according to some posts in social media, families are already struggling with how to handle the chaos. And what do I mean by chaos? The homework, friends, and just life in general. Our kids are expected to be "well rounded" by participating in activities that they may not have an interest in, but the parents do. Homework looks to be such that parents can't answer a simple question when it comes to their child asking for help. How did we get to this point?

It appears that our society has set the bar pretty high, as we expect our kids to be perfect. Well, let me tell you, there are no perfect children in this world, including mine that are now 19 and 23. I personally feel that when we let our kids be themselves and live their own lives, they will be much happier people. Now the road is not always smooth, as it can often be bumpy. But you know what? We all learn from our mistakes and grow as people from them. I see nothing wrong with that. I know that I personally have learned a lot from the mistakes I have made in my life, and there have been many. But society as a whole, tends to frown on mistakes, and that my friends needs to change. Instead of accusing and labeling, we need to reach out and help. A helping hand goes much further than an accusation.

One of the biggest mistakes I see a lot of people make is welcoming negativity into their lives. Why invite it in? Boot negativity to the curb, as it will make you a healthier, stronger, and happier person. Again, a simple way to grow from a mistake! By getting rid of the negativity you will have learned from a mistake and be able to move forward with your life.

Kids put a lot of pressure on themselves to perform well in school, so much that many pressure themselves to shut down. That's when we all need to step back and say, "Woah, too much is too much!" Families need to take charge and speak up, as they play a very important role when it comes to their child's education. By working with a teacher and a school administrator positive changes can happen. Nobody will get anywhere by accusing one party for this and another party for that. When we all work together our kids win.

So, with a new school year upon us. I challenge you, as a family, to make it clear that it's OK to make mistakes and grow from them. There is nothing to be ashamed of when a mistake is made, it's an opportunity for growth. Be the best that you can be and you will shine. Kindness goes a long ways in our society. Do you remember the last time you smiled at someone while walking down the street? Try it, you may like what you experience! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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