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Back to School: REAL and SMART Tips for a Great Year!

Marisa Langford of recently appeared on ABC Action News to share her tips for a successful new school year!

As a mom of four, she’s been there, done that. She’s hoping what works for her family will help yours get off to a smooth start!

Back to School S.M.A.R.T. Tips

Sleep: Get into good habits- routines, no devices, reading, no sugar after a certain time. Get things ready for tomorrow!

Mornings: Plan out some healthy (and quick) breakfast ideas. For example: yogurt and granola in a cup with lid is portable for the ride to school!

No devices in the AM. Plan to be up and be on time!

AfterSchool: What’s the plan? Are they too over scheduled? Who is going where! Talk through the plan.

Routines: Get them ready for the weekly routines! A master calendar for Mom & Dad!

Time Management: Yours & Theirs. Give yourself some breathing room. Ask for help. Help others. Schedule some Be Time- time to just BE A KID!

Back to School R.E.A.L Tips

Relax: Everyone is going through the same things. Everyone is nervous, anxious, stressed, etc.  Breathe. It will happen. You will survive.

Embrace: Time is fleeting. Enjoy the milestones. The moments. Take the pictures. Enjoy it. It will be over in a blink.

Attitude: Need a break. Take one!  Get that attitude in check. Need help?  Ask! For you and them!  Smile more!! Late? Go get breakfast with the kids.

Perspective. It’s a race to the end of the day and there’s a lot of moving parts for everyone. Take a day if you need one. Or if the kids need one, take a day with them.  Maybe that’s what they need too.

Laugh: In the end, it’s a comedy routine. It’s funny. Laugh with your friends who probably have a funnier story about putting chili powder on toast because they were so tired instead of cinnamon.  Laugh. Because this is life. This is parenting. This is back to school.

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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