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Tips for Your Responsible Kids this Fall
September 05, 2012

Organized Mom-Zine

September 2012

Thank you for reading the September issue of the Organized Mom-Zine bringing you quick tips and support to help you get your family organized.

Fall is almost upon us! I hope you and your family have survived the transition back to school. My kids and I have, for the most part, but I'm reminded of some important tips that I will pass on to you.

Many kids are supremely sensitive to transitions. I've included three articles here to address potential problems that can arise when families move from less to more structure in the fall.

Many families loosen their expectations of their kids during the lazy days of summer (mine included). Moving back into more structure and responsibility can be a rude awakening for kids. I want to take this opportunity to remind you what age appropriate expectations for chores might look like in your home.

If you're thinking of which chores are age appropriate for your child, consider asking yourself a different question: what it would take to modify the chore so that your child can do it independently? It's a paradigm shift that can make the difference--take a look and let me know what you think.

Are you and your child battling over music practice? If your child plays an instrument, and if you loosen up your practice expectations during the summer, you may notice a little push-back right about now (this is definitely happening in our home this week).

Here are some free practice logs and some tips to get your kid practicing with no nagging! There are some fun incentives to use with your child so that you can have music in the home without the stress.

Maybe it's just my kids, but I'll ask you anyway: when you experience a significant transition (such as back to school), does your child's behavior take a turn for the worse? There are important reasons why this is often true, but you can try these two tips to mitigate behavior problems at this time. This is also true for other transitions such as birthdays or developmental milestones such as learning to walk, read, even drive. Learn how to stay calm as your child gets the "know-it-all attitude!

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