The Best (Not So Average) Back to School Blog Posts.

Back to school- it’s that time of year again. A time full of hustle and bustle, and schedules. And, let’s face it, it is the second most stressful time of the year. The time of year when we want to pull all our hair out and finish off the last remaining drops of wine from every bottle. But, it doesn’t have to be.

1- 14 Tips for a Successful School Year– In the article, 14 Tips for a Successful School Year, author Joanne Foster provides 14 tried and true tips for strengthening the resilience, creativity, and productivity of children to prepare for a more successful school year. The tips range from fostering creativity through challenges and opportunities to providing abundant resources to promote growth and reflection. The tips also include providing comfort zones that offer encouragement and reinforcement, as well as establishing consistency and routines. Being aware and expressing pride in the accomplishments of the child are also conducive to a successful school year. Joanne also expresses the need for nurturing the children’s need for autonomy and developing the habits of gratitude. I have rounded up four back-to-school blogs that will provide you with enough ammunition to tackle those early mornings and sleepy routines with pride and vigor!

It all begins with a good game plan!

2- The Success Myth– In her article on Psychology Today, The Success Myth, Heidi Grant Halvorson approaches the idea of success. As parents, we naturally want our children to excel in any endeavor they set out to achieve. However, as Heidi explains, not every endeavor will come naturally to every child. We want our children to have the best teachers and the best school curriculum, and we place them in various after-school activities or sports programs so that they can have the best opportunity to go far in life. They say practice makes perfect. And, to some degree is does. For instance, many high profile athletes were not originally very good in their field, but they kept practicing and pushing themselves to achieve their goals. Therefore, as parents, we should always encourage our children to keep practicing. You child may wish to play football or gymnastics, but may not be naturally very athletic. Encouraging them to continue practicing and not give up when things seem hard will not only instill in them the drive to keep going when things get tough in other areas of their lives as they age, but the payoff will be when they make the team that the so eagerly hoped for. The opposite side of this spectrum is when parents push their child to excel at something because it is the parent’s wish for them to be great at it, or the parent uses the loophole of, “I paid for this, now you are going to play.” As parents, we should be encouraging and supportive to help them foster the dreams and goals they envision for their future. Parent involvement is important to a child’s success, both in school academics as well as any after-school activities like sports or music lessons. However, realizing that not every child can catch a fly-ball, or steal home base, or win a championship spelling bee, let them know that is okay too. They will find their niche in the world. They are young. They still have time to try many things to find that niche.

Find ways to combat social anxiety.

3- How to Help Kids With Social Anxiety– In her article, How to Help Kids With Social Anxiety. While many back to school articles will provide you with a plethora tips on how to pick out the best back pack or what lunch box will get you the most bang for your buck, Kate Hurley, LCSW, tackles an under talked about, yet equally important topic- social anxiety. Back to school can be a trying a scary time for kids and teenagers, alike. The stress of back to school can be significantly increased if the child is attending a new school, advancing up from elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school, or even just the thought of getting adjusted to a new teacher or new classmates. Kate breaks down social anxiety to help parents gain a better understanding of why kids can experience it, as well as signs of social anxiety to look for in your child. Kate goes on to provide valuable coping skills and strategies to help your child better manage their social anxiety.

Set up a command center

4- 15 Back-to-School Hacks to Get Your Year Off to a Running Start- Finally, in the Good Housekeeping article, 15 Back-to-School Hacks to Get Your Year Off to a Good Start, we find Marisa Lascala providing 15 do it yourself ideas to help back to school with ease. The tips and hacks she provides can be done relatively easy and will help reduce the amount of stress for both parents and children as you adjust and trek through another school year. She starts her back-to-school hacks list with setting routines. I am a huge fan of routines, and use them myself in my daily life. It is important to keep children on a routine, as much as possible, during school seasons. When they know what is expected of them it helps to avoid, or at least reduce, unnecessary rebellion. Also, given that it takes at least a good two months to form new habits, by by repeating their routine daily, they will have a better chance for adopting this new routine and reduce the amount of time you will have to spend reminding them of their schedules. Routines vary for every family or individual. There are many variables that come in to play when developing a school routine for your children. Marisa also discusses the idea of setting up a command center. The size and layout of your command center can depend greatly on the space and location you have available for one. We live busy lives, coming and going. Some families have two parents who work outside of the home, others have only one. But regardless of parents’ work schedules, setting up a command center is an invaluable back-to-school idea. At any given time, any member of the family can easily access and look over the command center and see upcoming events or the schedule for the day. You can search on Pinterest for ideas and suggests for setting up a functional command center. It can be as simple or as extravagant as you would like for it to be.

Setting routines and fostering an encouraging and supportive environment are key components of any successful school year. Getting back into the school swing, doesn’t have to be an exhaustive and stressful time. I hope these related articles will help provide you with some insight and encouragement as you set out on the new school year. Happy schooling!

If I Could Turn Back Time, You Know I Would! 5 Skin Care Products To Help Turn Back The Clock.

Cher said it best. She capitalized on the idea that we all hold true, whether we are willing to admit to it or not. Especially, as women, the signs of time weigh heavily on us. If there were something we could get our hot little hands on to turn back time and reverse those tell-tale signs of aging, we would not hesitate. I have recently started using some products from the Avon Anew line. Yes, Avon! I am sure you have heard of them, they have been around for years. Ah, Avon, just the name drums up nostalgic images of elegantly dressed ladies with matching pillbox hats and dainty hand bags, going door to door to deliver bags of personalized goodies to friends and family. Moving along from my 1950s image of the June Clever interpretation of the classic “Avon Lady,” today the company is still going strong, and many a successful businesswoman has made a full time career from selling Avon.

I embarked on the journey to try some of the products for myself recently, and I have to say, I am quite pleasantly surprised by the results I have seen, thus far. About six months ago, I moved to sunny Southwest Florida. In addition, for my last birthday, I celebrated my fiftieth year. Given the fact that I have been a life-long sun worshiper and have spend many an hour from my teens forward basking in her glorious rays. Natural aging can have visible affects on the skin on its own, but in light of my years of tanning and spending every moment possible outdoors, in addition to recently moving to a place where, in essence, it is summer year round, I knew I needed a strong skin care regimen to combat the damage done and prevent any further damage.

Enter, Anew. Actually a very fitting name for the product. I have found it to be, for myself, a fresh start. A new youthful radiance, you hear everyone talk about it. Amazingly, I am seeing what that term means on a personal level. While there are many products in the Anew line, I am going to go over the main products that I have been using and the results I have found, personally, from those products. So, let’s talk about skin care-

Anew Clinical Advanced Wrinkle Corrector

The Anew Clinical Advanced Wrinkle Corrector is the first to review, because it has been the product to provide the biggest visible impact in the shortest time. I first began using this product on that ever so precious decollete area, the area from the neck down to the cleavage, that shows when you wear tank tops or sundresses. After years of sun exposure, I had visible signs of wear and tear there, while they were not deep, I had wrinkled lines that resembled a finely laced honeycomb pattern. Initially, I began using the wrinkle cream to prevent any further damage, being that in southwest Florida, pretty much tank tops and sundresses are the staple attire. However, within a few days, I noticed that my skin where I was using the cream became very soft and supple. After a couple of weeks of using this product every night, my husband even made mention of how my skin was changing. He had actually noticed that the wrinkles had diminished drastically, and my skin felt incredibly soft. Most days, I catch myself rubbing my hand around my upper chest area, still in awe of how soft and smooth the skin is. This will definitely be a staple in my skin care routine for years to come.

I started using the Anew Ultimate Multi-Purpose day and night cream when I received a travel size combo in my starter kit as a new Avon Representative. I was immediately happy with the results of the cream as well. The day cream boasts an impressive 25 SPF sunscreen, an invaluable product in the sunshine state. The night cream has a very soothing and delicate fragrance. I say that because at night, my husband always makes mention of how nice I smell, and I am always telling him that I had just completed my night time routine and it is the night cream he smells. Aside from the husband approval, I am in love with this product as well. Luckily, I do not have definitive wrinkles on my face as of yet, and this was mainly a preventative measure. But, much like the wrinkle cream, my skin has become so soft, I often catch myself rubbing my cheeks just to make sure it is real.

Anew Ultimate Cream Cleanser

After trying out the initial products that I had on hand, I had placed an order to try some of the other Anew line. I had purchased the Anew Ultimate Cream Cleanser shortly after moving to Florida. I am often apprehensive to try new face washes, as my face tends to break out or get oily with many products. I was happy to see that I had no side effects of this product. It left no heavy or greasy residue, and, as I have found with the Anew products used, left my skin feeling fresh, clean, and soft.

Anew Clinical Dual Eye Lift Pro

In my purchase, I also grabbed the Anew Clinical Dual Eye Lift Pro and I am so glad I did. I suffer from insomnia, I have for a few years. Most days I wake up looking like the bride of Frankenstein or an extra from The Walking Dead. My eyes are always so puffy and have that alluring raccoon look about them, with all the dark circles, and all. This eye serum is a two-part product with a cream that goes under the eye and a light gel that goes over the lid. Can I just say WOW? There was an instantaneous difference in my eyes the first time I tried it. After about a week of use, I had a noticeable lift to my eyes and, the dark circles? I mere memory. In an attempt to not wake up looking like something that has been dug up and warmed over, I use this serum as regimented as brushing my teeth nightly.

The Final step in my current skin care regimen is the Anew Age Transforming Foundation. This stuff is as miraculous, in my opinion, as the preceding products discussed. This foundation is infused with Anew serum to help aid in fighting against aging effects of skin. Literally, my skin looks years younger! Since this foundation is geared more toward, mature skin, it does not leave a heavy or greasy finish, and goes on seamlessly without caking or settling into lines or wrinkles. Within two weeks of use, I could see a noticeable difference in the texture and appearance of my skin. Another definite must-have staple in my skin care arsenal.

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