We restore hope...one family at a time. August 29, 2016
  

With back-to-school routines and hectic mornings, one of our 3Rs comes to mind...Responsibility. It is never too early to start teaching kids about responsibility.

Even kindergarten aged kids can put their backpacks up, straighten up their shoes, and keep any school books they have in good condition. If children learn at an early age to take care of things, it will carry over in later years. As children grow, they can prepare their own lunch, help put away their clothing, and make their beds. Good habits formed early make good habits for life.

Back-to-school also means more little ones running to catch the school bus, or crossing streets to get to school. It helps everyone if you keep a sharp eye peeled in these areas.

Whether you have kids in school or not, it's a time of new beginnings. Summer is almost over and we be moving into autumn. New responsibilities come with the changing of seasons.

We'd love to hear from you. Feel free to respond to this email and let us know what "responsibility" means to you. 
Our office will be closed Labor Day, September 5, 2016
5 Tips to Destress Your Back-to-School Routine
Back-to-School time means a lot of different things for different people.

For young children, it can be nerve-wracking. They fear the unknowns. They may worry and think...
  • Will my teacher be nice?
  • Will I have any friends in my class?
  • Am I smart enough?
As students become older, back-to-school becomes about the clothes, the shoes, and their friends. Their image seems to be the central focus.

For parents, back to school may be a source of celebration because their kids are now occupied for much of the day. Yet, at the same time, it may be a source of stress, to get the kids up, ready and off to
school.

No doubt about it, back-to-school time can be stressful.
There are many ways to destress during this crazy transition of carefree summer days to the busy
practice schedules, homework, and routine.

Remember these 5 tips to help ease you into the transition
from summer to every minute being scheduled.

Prepare Ahead of Time
Prepare everything you can the night before. Kids can have their clothes laid out and ready to put on in the morning. This is a big time saver!

Pre-Pack Lunches
If your children take lunch, prepare it the night before. A big time-saver is to pre-pack snacks for the entire week, then toss one into their lunch bag the night before.

Dedicated Space
Make an area just for each child's homework and backpack. This can be a corner of their nightstand, or a
desk they use, or just a special spot. By having a dedicated spot in which they know WHERE their homework is, you save yourself from the headaches of playing hide-n-seek with homework! (A tossed aside backpack, unopened, doesn't count!)

The same practice of dedicated space should go for uniforms and accessories for each sport they are
involved in. If they put their gear in the same place every time, you'll know where it is when it's game time!

Be Patient
Little kids need a little more time to adjust than most teenagers, but everyone still goes through a period of adjustment. During that time, try to be more calm and patient with them. We could all use more understanding!

Take a Break
Routine is good and planning ahead makes things go smoother. It's equally important to STOP and clear your head. Take a break from your normal routine and go outside for a quick walk, do some gardening, or just listen to nature can have an immediate calming effect.

Practice these 5 tools and your back-to-school routine will sure to be less stressful.

Follow the 3R's
R elationship - R espect - R esponsibility
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Mandt Training Dates
The Mandt System is a comprehensive, integrated approach to preventing, de-escalating, and if necessary, intervening when the behavior of an individual poses a threat of harm to themselves and/or others.
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Kirksville Region: Wednesday, August 31 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
 
Kirksville Regional Office Department of Mental Health
1702 E. LaHarpe
Kirksville, MO
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  September Dates To Remember
Here are a few dates to jot on your calendar. Some well-known, some not-so-well-known, and some just for fun.

September 5
Labor Day  

September 8
 Int'l Literacy Day
 
September 11
911 Remembrance Day  

September 19  
Int'l Talk Like A Pirate Day
 
September 22
Business Women's Day

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