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I received this post in the Challenge Success Back to School Newsletter
A new school year is about to begin. First, we need to get over the lingering regret about what we didn’t accomplish — the closets that remain unkempt, the books we meant to read, the friends we were certain we’d see more of and the excursions with our kids that we never got around to taking. It’s water under the bridge as they say. And besides, there’s always next year. But now we need to focus on the reality of our kids starting a new year, maybe a new school, and how we’d like to tweak this year to make it better than last year.
I used to think that there was something profoundly optimistic about the start of a new school year. The untouched white pages in notebooks, the laser sharp pencils, the clean sense of organization that comes with a backpack devoid of the assorted detritus of school children. Backpacks free from lint, wrappers, single socks and the unsettling waft of unwashed gym clothes and rotting bananas. We promise ourselves to be better parents. We hope that our children will be better students. A new year always brings the possibility of a new beginning, of a clean slate.
Shared by Cynthia Klein, Bridges 2 Understanding, has been a Family Success Coach since 1994. She works with parents and organizations who want more cooperation, mutual respect and understanding between adults and children. Cynthia presents her expertise through speaking and private parenting coaching sessions. She writes the Middle School Mom column for the Parenting on the Peninsula magazine. She works with parents of 4 – 25 year-old children. Contact Cynthia at bridges2understa.wpstagecoach.com or 650. 679.8138 to have a complementary discovery session about finding solutions to your challenges. http://wp.me/p2TgAe-No