School's coming- Are you ready?

It's back to school time already! I can't believe how quick this summer has gone. Here at Imagine Hope we work with lots of parents and kids who want to start off the school year on the right foot. This week we will give parents advice on how to PACE themselves for the year ahead. Our new therapist at Imagine Hope, Elizabeth White, recently came up with this acronym to help parents remember to look at the school year as a marathon, rather than a sprint. Thus it is important to PACE yourself in order to finish the race. PACE stand for:

P: Staying Positive

A: Activities

C: Connect with Others

E: Educate Yourself

Each day this week we will dig deeper into one of the letters to get you and your kids focused and ready to start school!

Stay Positive

Remember that kids are sponges and will pick up on the attitude you give off. If you stay positive it just might rub off on your kids! Also remember to use positive communication rather than nagging or criticizing your children. When you do, kids will feel your disappointment and think that your love is conditional. Even if this is not true, it FEELS that way to them. Use positive reinforcement to help motivate kids. A rule I often tell people is to make sure the first 60 seconds of your interaction with someone is positive. Bite your tongue and remain focused on the good, rather than pointing out the negative. A negative attitude will bring you and your child down and sour the beginning of the school year.

Best of luck to your and your kids this school year! Keep reading this week to learn more about how to PACE yourself!

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.