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School Transitions – Checking In With You


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School finally started for us here and we’re still working on some transitions.  Just checking in with you to see how you and your family members are adjusting to everything.

So far, the first few days for us have gone well.  Everyone has gotten up in time, gotten breakfast, and been ready to go out the door with everything (almost everything) they need for the day.  Not too bad, but I can see I have a little more work to do keep it going smoothly.

Here are a few things I’ve noticed that have been helping us so far:

1. Decluttering a week or two ago has kept the rooms at least manageable.  We’re still doing more picking up this week, but there’s a lot less to move around.

2. Along with decluttering, I’m attempting to make better use of the girls’ closets.  The more things we can keep off the floor, the better.

3. My oldest has moved to a new building.  Lots of new things to keep track of with this move.  I’m making an effort to put all the new phone numbers programmed into my phone and posted by the calender right away.

4. I have one folder that says “School Urgent” in an upstairs file cabinet.  This one folder has already made me much more confident in my ability to keep those important papers you get from the school office at the beginning of the year.

5. I’m making more reminders to myself to get those habits going again.  We need to check and sign planners, be more watchful of bedtimes, keep track of chores, and get ready for their after school activities.  At first, it seems like everything is so crazy busy.  But once we get the habits rolling, we actually have a better handle on our free time.

6. I’m not thrilled about the drop-off/pick-up situation with the new building, mostly because I’m not familiar with it and it’s much more crowded.  I’ve decided I’m going to be open-minded about different ways to get to and from the building.  I need to be more relaxed about this and treat it more like an adventure, otherwise it just stresses me out.  With this approach, I’m more confident about finding a comfortable pattern.

I’ll check in again with you in another week or two.  How are things working for you and your family?  What tips would you share that help you stay organized for the school year?

Creative Commons License photo credit: Margaret Yescombe

School Transitions – Checking In With You


Erika Krull, MS, LMHP

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP is a practicing licensed mental health counselor in Nebraska.


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Krull, E. (2011). School Transitions – Checking In With You. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 18, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/family/2011/08/school-transitions-checking-in-with-you/

 

Last updated: 24 Aug 2011
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