Help Your Child Ease Into the School Year with Confidence

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by Emily Graham, Mighty Moms

Almost one-third of teenagers feel sad or depressed due to stress. School has become more and more nerve-wracking, even for younger children, as the pressure builds from all directions. There are classes, homework, tests, extracurricular activities, and sports, as well as the constant need to be cool and hang out with the right crowd.

Now the first day of school is coming, and that can be downright intimidating, especially if your child already suffers from anxiety. It’s going to take some extra effort on your part to ensure they get through it with as little stress as possible. Here are some tips.

Adopt the Right Attitude

Your goal is to calm them, not deliver lectures when discussing school. In fact, Chris Palmer, the author of Raising Your Kids to Succeed: What Every Parent Should Know, urges you to be caring, empathetic and supportive. Listen to their problems and worries while letting your children find their own solutions. Above all, be sure to show your unconditional love.

Make Sure They Stay Fit

Healthy habits relieve stress, says a wellness coach writing for Verywell Mind. There’s not much time left before summer ends, so get them exercising and eating well so it becomes a routine. Encourage them to work a physical activity they enjoy into their schedule while you plan meals packed with vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. The last piece of the puzzle is a bedtime routine so they get enough sleep and wake up refreshed.

Get on Track Early

The first hour of the day sets the tone, so establish a morning routine that flows effortlessly from waking up to arriving at school with no hang-ups in between. Preparation starts the night before with packing lunches, laying out clothes, and even making breakfast. That will have the kids well-fed and looking good with no morning rush to set off their nerves.

Buy the Supplies They Need

They’ll struggle with work if they don’t have the right gear to get their homework done easily, and that leads to frustration. Start with the basics like a book bag, paper, pens, and binders before moving on to high-tech items like calculators. Among older students, more and more are carrying laptops to class, which are invaluable when researching and writing papers.

Stay Organized

It’s easy to fall behind with so many projects and papers to finish unless you have a system in place to keep your child up to date. A filing cabinet and labeled bins work wonders, along with Post-It notes to remind them what needs doing and when.

Learn Calming Strategies

Even if your child is prepared for the day, something is likely to get on their nerves, such as a classmate or a tough assignment. There are strategies to cope with this frustration, and using them properly could save a lot of trouble down the road. A writer at The Mighty recommends deep breathing, listening to music, and imagining a calm place to settle their nerves.

Talk to Them About Risks

Dangers lurk in between classes, especially for teens who may encounter classmates who smoke, drink, or use drugs. Your child may be tempted to do the same, either to deal with the pressures of school or just to be cool. Explain how this is never the right way to cope with anxiety, as it could lead to an addiction that ruins their health and their life.

Take It Easy

Classes start easy and get more difficult as the year progresses. This gives your child the opportunity to ease into their studies rather than take off at full throttle. Use this time to your advantage by encouraging good work habits and keeping to a schedule with enough breaks so they don’t get overwhelmed.

Healthy, organized, and informed, your child is ready to tackle the year with gusto. Any lingering anxiety should be manageable by staying positive and sticking to your routine. With a little effort, their school days will be as exciting as they are productive.

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5 Simple Tips to Generate Traffic to Your Blog for Free

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You write to let the world know your story or to let them benefit from your insights. So, it is quite important that the world gets to read what you write. Hence, generating traffic to your blog is quite important.

No matter how beautifully you have written, your article is insignificant unless it is read by the audience it is meant for.

Now the question is, how do you generate traffic for your blog. Sure, there are many paid ways of traffic generation like social media advertising, Google Adwords, etc. But it is not affordable for everyone.

So, let me share with you some amazingly simple tips to generate traffic to your website without spending a penny.

  1. Know your audience: Never try to please everyone or you might end up pleasing none. Everything is not meant for everyone. So, always keep in mind who are you writing for? Who is your primary target audience? What are they interested in? Remember, the blog isn’t just about you, it’s about them as well.
  2. Writefrequently: If you really want people to read your blog, you have to write frequently. You can’t just write one article and then return to your blog after ages. You need to keep writing as frequently as you can.
  3. Unique, valuable and useful content: I know I told you to write frequently. But that doesn’t mean you will just dole out anything on your blog. Always ask yourself, why do you read a particular article or post? What do you look for? Try to embibe the same into your blog posts. People are looking for something that is of value and use to them. They want something that is original and unique. If your post fits the bill, it will organically generate traffic.
  4. Catchy titles: Let’s be honest. We know we live in a world where a book is judged by its cover. The title of your post is what will attract a reader to click on it. So, work hard on your title. Make sure the title of your post is attractive and catchy. Having said that, always refrain from giving misleading titles. If the title of your post is, “how to become rich in a month”, you can’t talk about loans and credit cards. Always deliver what your title promises.
  5. Share on social media: Make sure you share your blog post on every social media network possible. This will help you to enhance the reach of your blog. Also engage with your target audience on the social media. When someone comments on your post, reply to them. Make your post shareable so that if people like your post, they can share it with their friends and family on social media.

These tips are very simple. But in this world full of complexities, we often forget to do the most basic and simple tips. So, let’s begin with the basics.


Using PEMDAS 

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by Intern 

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally is/was what some of us were told in math class to remember the order of operations as PEMDAS (Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, and Addition and Subtraction). However, do we always or sometimes follow PEMDAS? 
We’ve noticed that PEMDAS is not always appropriate in the order of operations. There can be PERMDAS (Parenthesis, Exponent/Root, Multiplication and Divide, and Addition and Subtraction) and BEDMAS (Brackets, Exponents, Divide and Multiply, and Addition and Subtraction. These are additional order of operations that can also be used as guides. To learn or know more tips visit us at http://www.all4onetutoring.com or every Tuesday on IG and Periscope (11:00am EST during the summer).