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Starting a new school year can be hard on kids, especially if they are starting a new school. There are ways we can help them ease into it, so they can have a successful year. My five top tips for this are

  1. Establish a routine
  2. Help them get organized
  3. Familiarize them with the school
  4. Monitor your own emotions
  5. Communicate regularly

 

Also listen to a new family interview with our listener Amy Osowski!

 

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Lauren Jean is a single momma, author, and podcast stylist. Thru her obsession with her own podcast and self development she discovered that teaching and connecting others are her superpowers. She is putting them to the test now through her signature program passion to pod which trains podcaster wanna be’s to voice their message through their very own podcast. Lauren is also a fellow listener, and joins the show to tell her personal break up story. She knows the pain of deciding to end a relationship and break up a blended family. She shares

  • Her personal story
  • Problematic issues in her relationship
  • When she knew it was over
  • How the break up affected the children
  • And much much more

 

Lauren’s story is hers only, and not intended to tell other families what to do. She is just here to tell us that sometimes things don’t work out, and life goes on.

 

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In blended families, it’s common to be concerned about how all of the children will influence one another. Even though this is normal behavior, you still want to control it, because bad habits are not what we want our children picking up.

 

Also, listen in on our first family interview, where we learn more about one of our listeners and their blended family. This week we feature Debbie Harmon. If you are interested in participating in one of these interviews, please email me for more information.

 

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Julie joins me on the show to talk about her book How to raise an adult: Break free of the overparenting trap and prepare your kid for success

 

Julie Lythcott-Haims served as Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising at Stanford University, where she received the Dinkelspiel Award for her contributions to the undergraduate experience. A mother of two teenagers, she has spoken and written widely on the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, and her work has appeared on TEDx talks and in Forbes and the Chicago Tribune. She is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

 

You will hear us talk about

  • What motivated her to write the book
  • Where this shift in parenting came from
  • Why our children lack basic life skills
  • Where the school system is failing us
  • How to work with different parenting styles
  • Why divorce causes overparenting
  • How do we turn things around
  • Damage that overparenting causes

 

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Do you ever feel like your children are ruining your life? Or do you feel like they are ruining your dream of a perfect blended family? Parenting is hard, and managing a blended family is a huge challenge. We all struggle with feelings like this. Some of the issues you might be dealing with are

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Lack of spontaneity
  • Lack of a social life
  • Lack of sex life
  • Unorganized home
  • Health problems
  • Career struggles
  • Financial struggles
  • Overpaying child support
  • Manipulative children

 

Don’t struggle with guilt, we know you love your kids, but they just don’t make it easy sometimes!

 

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