The first gem Penn Holderness shares is enough to convince me he kinda actually gets life more than most of us. The dad of two suggests that after the kids get on the school bus, you should go on a walk with your spouse. Simple, but how many parents actually take that opportunity to spend quality one-on-one time with the person they met, fell in love with, and started a family with, without kids hanging on them and having a million demands per second?
It's pretty much brilliant.
There's just one catch: No distractions! And that means leaving the phones at home. Um, but what if the school calls because it's burning down during that one hour you aren't attached to your mobile device? Maybe leave the phone on vibrate.
Mom Kim then taps into an important issue facing many kids heading back to school: bullying. Her super-insightful take? That bullies learn the nasty language they use from their parents. Therefore, she cautions us moms and dads to be careful how we talk about people we work with, and our other adult peers, to set a good example of the right way to treat others.
And finally, if you aren't convinced the Holdernesses are your gurus, consider their suggestion about making homework fun! Encourage your kiddos to take breaks, and run around, or have a little dance party. It's something I've tried with my daughter who is entering the third grade, and trust. Taking little breathers helps keep her focused and engaged, and wards off that whiny, "I don't fee like it" behavior that, once it starts, is hard to reverse.
You'll have to watch the video to see the last, sweet piece of advice this awesome family offers. But here's something that works great for me: I get up at least an hour before my kids, even though it's super-early and totally sucks! That way, I can do some things I need to do (exercise, drink coffee, shower) and not feel rushed in the mornings. Then, when the kids are awake, and the morning madness ensues with getting dressed, and eating breakfast, and getting ready for the bus, I'm not feeling as frazzled and pressed for time.
What's your best BTS advice?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.