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iStock_000023510156MediumThis is a big month for most parents. It is the beginning of a new school year for the children we manage on a daily basis and many words apply: binders, tryouts, loose-leaf, lunch money, schedule, test, homework, snack, bus stop, pencils.

Those words, along with the sound of crickets, are a reminder of how nice it can be to return to another year and a chance for our children to start again with new classrooms and new teachers.

It is also an opportunity to think about what we can do better as parents and solve problems before they affect our children.  We can buy all the supplies on the list, we can pack the perfect lunch, we can be on time to pick them up at practice and we can hire a tutor to help them prepare for an upcoming test. We can sit and listen to the stories about their day and respect them when they wish to sit silently and say nothing. We can hug them and tell them we love them and be there when they need us.

We cannot always make everything perfect or prevent the times they will feel defeated and stressed.

What we CAN do is model WHAT to do when things don’t happen as planned.  Share the experiences we have with our “teachers” and how we learn from them. We can talk about our lunch meeting and why we thought it went well. We can talk about the countless “tests” we get through and how we felt we scored or how we recovered when we failed.

As parents we enter “classrooms” all the time and the experience we have in these spaces is worth sharing now. Our children are ready to learn from us.  Communicate to them and help build them strong by teaching how we manage in our own daily classrooms.

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