Six Tips to Less Stress at Home
Susan P. Epstein, LCSW, Family Coach
A family coach can help you reduce stress at home. Here are some tried and true ideas that have worked for parents who have had family coaching with me.
These tips are especially designed for school-age children and moms and dads who are overwhelmed and stressed out at home.
Family Coaching Tip #1
Instead of preparing breakfast every morning…prepare it the night before. Pour cereal in bowl, cover. Pour milk in small covered cups and refrigerate. Set the table with napkins and spoons, juice boxes, etc.…
Family Coaching Tip #2
Instead of fighting with your kids to shower and dress on time in the morning, shower or bathe before bed and dress for the next day. Yes, if they’re young enough, let them sleep in their clothes. By the time they are old enough to care about their appearance they will be getting ready on their own, too!
Family Coaching Tip #3
Instead of making school lunches every day…make sandwiches for the week on Sunday. PB&J, tuna, bologna and turkey all freeze well. Have the kids make labels, put the sandwiches in plastic sandwich bags and freeze. Each morning, let your kids choose what to pack. Have a bowl of fruit, and other snack items available and ready too. Kids enjoy assembling their own lunches and the best part is you don’t have to do it.
Family Coaching Tip #4
Instead of rushing around in the morning packing backpacks…empty backpacks immediately after school and sort through papers, homework, etc.… repack backpacks immediately after homework is finished and put backpacks by the front door.
Family Coaching Tip #5
Instead of allowing kids to watch TV or play video games after dinner and bath…have a reading circle…read to your kids, have them read to you or all of you read your own books in the same room.
Family Coaching Tip #6
Instead of letting clutter build up…use brightly colored bins, one for each child. Set a time for the kids to get their bin and pick up all the things that they have not put away (from everywhere in the house.) Send the kids to their rooms to put their belongings where they belong.
Susan P, Epstein, LCSW, parent and family coach, works with parents and families looking for satisfaction, balance and growth. Susan is an expert in the areas of family dynamics, parenting and child development and her unique blend of therapy and coaching combine to make her a powerful catalyst for change.
She practiced psychotherapy for 23 years before becoming a coach, writer and speaker. Susan graduated from University of California at Berkeley School of Social Welfare. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Susan also completed training with the Coaches Training Institute, an internationally accredited coach training organization.
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