Friday, August 24, 2018

Parenting Pointers: Back-to-School Transition

I had a chance to do an interview with Thought Leader and Transformational Life Coach Krista Rizzo for August Back to School.

What are some fun ways for parents to make back-to-school season positive? Get your kids involved! I like to have individual dates with my kids and spend some quality time with them before school starts. We go back to school shopping, get new sneakers and go out for lunch and ice cream. It's a great way to connect and get your kids excited about the upcoming school year!

With the new transition there can often be new frustration - how can parents get kids out the door in the morning without yelling? Get organized!! I know a lot of times, that's easier said than done, but if you can create a daily routine, you can cut back on your frustration and stop yelling! Make sure each school item has it's own home, this way your kids know where their stuff is and aren't running around looking for it as you're about to head off to school. If you're organized about how your morning runs, you'll have a much better, less stressful day!

If kids are worried about going back to school, what are some things that parents can do to help? Talk to them! Ask them open ended questions about why they're feeling the way they are and validate them. Try to relate to them with stories from when you were their age, this way they realize that you were a kid once too and that you understand their feelings. If you can acknowledge their feelings and make them feel understood, then you're more likely to have better communication with them.

How can parents set expectations that challenge kids without going too overboard? Be realistic and know what your kids are capable of. If you have a child that needs extra help in math, don't set the expectation that they get straight A's - you're setting everyone up for disappointment. It's okay to give your child a goal to strive for that may take them out of their comfort zone, but don't expect the stars if you know they're not capable of delivering them. Kids are under so much pressure from so many outside influences, they should be able to find solace and comfort at home. Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand what it's like to be them, it's not easy and you certainly don't want to make it harder! 

About Krista Rizzo

Krista Rizzo is a Certified Transformational Life Coach, Author, Speaker, Video Show Host, Wife & The World's Okayest Mom to two amazing boys.   

Krista Rizzo works hard every day to make sure others know how powerful they truly are. Krista inspires women and teens to learn how to accept, embrace and most importantly CREATE change in their lives. 

Focusing on mindset, communication, balance and empowerment, Krista is obsessed with motivating women and youth by helping them realize their true capabilities. Through her signature coaching and speaking topic "Inspiring Transformation," she will show you how to fully embrace change allowing you to create the life of your dreams.  
She's a member of the prestigious Forbes Coaches Council, an active contributor for HuffPost and The Today Show Parenting Website. Krista has been featured in the NY Post, and has guested on multiple podcasts where she has been showcased as a thought leader in her field. 

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