09-23-2010 - MTFF: How to teach your kids about life balance
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MTFF: How to teach your kids about life balance Sent Thursday, September 23, 2010 

Weekly tips for better grades with less stress from The Grade Coach
Sept 23rd 2010

A Note From Julie

Hi ,
Okay, so Fall is now officially here! Here in New England we are getting a few last days of warm weather just to lull us into a false sense of security. The acorns are already bombing us which by all accounts means a harsh winter is ahead. In an attempt to keep some balance in my life I have chosen to make the most of the weather and do some work outside. I am lucky I am able to do this and it helps me balance the craziness of my evenings with kids Fall sports. Life balance is one of my key values so that is the focus for this week's articles. As usual drop by my blog and leave your comments.
As well as the article below there are more in this week's blog. Check it out and leave your comments and some of your own tips  http://thegradecoach.com/coach/blog
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 "Focused Time Management System - For School and Beyond"

This is my step by step home study system. I am really excited about this product because it will allow students who I cannot help personally have access to a lot of the same information and exercises that I use in my intensive coaching program. It is like having me with you in a binder! It is designed for older students (High school Junior and above) to use independently or for the parents of younger students to use to coach them through the process.
If you are ready to make a change and cut out the frustration and feelings or overwhelm then check it out www.timetipsforstudents.com

Free Teleseminar for Parents - "Focused Time Management: How to help your kids get the grades they deserve with less stress"

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The tele class gives great tips and strategies that you can use to help build your child's time management and organization skills.

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How to Teach Your Kids About Life Balance
Anyone who has ever worked with me knows that one of my fundamental values is that everyone should have balance in their lives.
There is an expression that "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", the flip side is that all play and no work leaves Jack with an uncertain future.
The demands on our time changes throughout our lives. When we are very young we don't even think about the different calls on our time. We just live moment to moment. Instant gratification drives us.
As our children develop into teenagers this we expect them to be thinking more about the bigger picture and weighing their priorities. However biology has different ideas and the demands made by a teenager's brain is more about the here and now.
The result is that as parents we tend to emphasis the work ethic and push long term goals, homework and grades down their throats. Of course we do this with the best of intentions. We want our kids to be successful, have self confidence and a good future.
But are we driving the behaviors that lead to a balanced life?
As our kids hit college the emphasis is heavily on work. After all, it costs a huge amount of money for them just to be there. Yes, we want them to have fun, but they are there to work hard.
In some cases this can lead to very stressful situations. Jack does indeed become a very dull boy and stressed out too.
We need to help our kids to identify the different areas of their lives where they need to focus time in their lives. They might have a bucket of time for classes, studying, a job, friends, family responsibilities, relaxing etc.
Having balance means that each of these buckets of time is filled to the appropriate level. That is not to say that equal time is spent on each, but that each is considered.
In times of stress it is useful to notice which of these falls by the wayside. Are studies neglected, or are friends excluded? Are family responsibilities short changed or do they just seem to have no time to just relax?
Considering these areas of life, how our kids spend their time under different pressure levels can give us an early warning signal for stress.
If, for example, we know that when Jack is under stress his calls home dry up and he misses family dinners, we can help steer him on the right path.
For anyone, understanding the early signs of stress is a great wake up call, allowing a step back and readjustment to be done before things get completely out of hand. As we teach our kids responsibility and work ethic, this lesson about life balance should get equal billing. And of course, we should be practicing what we preach!!

If you or your child are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action.  The Focused Time Management System TM for Students avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It's all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you're done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy!  All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter.  E mail me at Julie@thegradecoach.com to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help.

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