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MR. DADDY’ PROVIDES BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIPS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Aug 29, 2011

DaddyScrubs Founder, Mr. Daddy (Robert Nickell), Draws From His Own Experience To Help Make The Back-To-School Transition Go Smoothly 

Having trouble getting your child excited to head back to school? Mr. Daddy, a.k.a. Robert Nickell, has been there too, and he has some expert advice to share with you.

Nickell is the writer of a weekly parenting blog where he writes on topics such as bonding with your child, and what the father should expect during pregnancy and infancy. He writes from a father’s perspective and keeps dad engaged throughout his children’s lives.

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Nickell is also the founder of DaddyScrubs, a line of fashionable hospital attire for the expectant father to wear during labor and delivery. He is the father of six children, and his practiced advice has been heard on TV and radio shows around the country. Having dealt with back-to-school anxiety in his own children, Mr. Daddy happily shares his professional advice with you on how to smooth out those back to school jitters.

Soon enough the bell will ring and your child will be back to school. As they transition from playtime to reading time, from friends to new faces, your children might be feeling some apprehension about starting the new school year. The following are some strategies that will not only ease your child back into the routine of school, but may also actually bring some excitement towards the new school year.

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1. Preparing for school starts long before September rolls around. Make sure you and your child review all paperwork from the school together. Give your child as much information as you have - the teacher's name, the classroom number, other students on the class list, etc. You might want to review the school calendar for important dates as well as visit the school building if you are able to. A familiar environment is not as intimidating and your child will feel much more comfortable if they know where the classroom, bathroom and lunchroom are located.


2. Begin your school routine several days before school actually starts. Don’t wait until the night before school to suddenly have a set bedtime or wake-up time. Give your child at least three days to get his/her clock back in rhythm. This should make waking up to catch the bus easier on everybody.

3. Involve your child in school decisions. Together, decide where your child will keep their backpack, do their homework and keep important information. If possible, do school supplies shopping together allowing your child to choose their folders and notebooks. If the school requires certain supplies, let your child choose a special lunch box or “at home” folder. This will give your child something to be excited about.

4. Talk to your child. Engage in normal conversation, as well as directed conversation about their worries and concerns. Listen to them with open ears. Don’t belittle their fears. Encourage them that what they are feeling is normal and that the anxieties will go away. Children who feel comfortable talking with their parents about their concerns, needs and ideas will enter new situations with more ease as well as have a stronger more open relationship with their parents.

5. Be positive. Your attitude will be contagious. If you are excited and encouraging, your child will feel more comfortable and will begin to feel excited as well. Remind them of the fun they will have and the friends they will make. Talk positively about school at all times using upbeat and encouraging words. Your child trusts you; the more positive you are, the better your child will feel.

These tips may be reprinted when credited to Robert Nickell, Mr. Daddy and Daddyscrubs.com

To learn more about Mr. Daddy or to read additional blogs, visit blog.daddyscrubs.com. Visit DaddyScrubs.com to view apparel and gift items.

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PARTYHAT
PARTYHAT posted in Family Issues:
hey,  im so sorry about that, but one thing this reminds me of is my grandpa. he passed away when my dad was 12 years old and i never got to see him, he sounds soo nice. keep going  :thumbsup
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I have a friend, she was so nice and funny when my best friend and I met her on the first day of school. As months passed she started getting annoying. The way she texts, acts, and talks is starting to get annoying. Then she is becoming such a drama queen now. What should I do?
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Kirsteeeeen
Thank you for sharing something that has helped you cope with loss, and I'm sorry that you lost your friend and had to go through the grief and pain. I don't know what it is like, but I know there are a lot of people who do and would appreciate that you shared that way of coping. I hope that you are continuing to find more ways to deal with it, and don't forget those good memories you have with her. They'll always be yours to cherish.
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Kirsteeeeen
Hi Wonderfulcalico, I'm sorry to hear you're in such a bad situation. It must be tough, and it must be having a profound negative impact on you and those around you. It sounds like your mom has some things she needs to work out. But know that this behaviour from your parents is not okay. You shouldn't have to be subjected to this type of environment, which is toxic for your health physically and mentally. It also sounds like it is physically dangerous and it is making you live in fear, which is not okay. It is NOT your fault. If you feel that you are being abused, please get another trusted adult involved. Don't act on things that make you feel unsafe or confront your parents directly if you know they will act in a dangerous way. Your safety is number one. Try contacting another adult such as a teacher, a nurse, a doctor, a worship leader, social worker, child protective services, or call the police. Remember that 911 is also an option in any emergency, and that includes yourself being in danger from physical abuse. You can also call Your Life, Your Voice at 1-800-448-3000 , message them online, or even text them, or contact another local help line that you know. Please take care of yourself and stay safe. I know you may not want to do any of these things, and it's okay to feel that way, but also remember how important your safety is and make that a priority. 
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KayKayZ posted in Friends:
Hmm, okay, well I'll try to give you the best advice that I can, Error. So you say you don't like your friend for a number of reasons: Liar, bad influence, uses swear words, too blunt, etc. I feel like some of these could be over-looked, such as the swearing and the 'bad influence' part. Really, all you have to do is just not copy her actions, and they won't be influential at all. If you disagree, it shouldn't be hard to just refuse to follow in her steps. However, lying isn't the best quality I would look for in a friend.  She doesn't seem like an enjoyable person to be around in general, which is why you are making this post, obviously. But I'm gonna ask you something here. Don't you think that, in a way, you're lying too? You're pretending to be her friend solely for purposes of monetary value because, I assume, your family cannot pay for or get you to gymnastic class themselves. If this is true, that's kind of bad, isn't it? It sounds like, to me, that your friendship isn't exactly a healthy relationship at all. But I'm gonna sympathize with you, since I know gymnastics must be important to you, and you wouldn't be doing this if you didn't have a good reason. So, what should you do about it? Well, personally I think there are a few things you could do. You could stop being her friend, therefore no longer having to deal with her; but in the process lose access to your gymnastics class and have to look for it in another way. On the flip side, you could continue to put up with her, which would probably not be in your best interests, but you'd still get to attend your class. Or, you could try talking to her about it. Ask her what she really thinks of your friendship, if she actually values you as her friend. Maybe you two can talk about problems that you're having with each other and work on fixing them. This option could have negative effects, since she might want to stop being your friend or things could become very awkward after that. But it's probably your best bet to be honest with her, as you'd hope she would be with you. How about if you tried being really nice to her? Kindness is contagious, and perhaps if you treat her well enough, she'll start doing the same to you. I feel like maybe if you complimented her, told her things that you really like about her, maybe even got her gifts or made her food once in a while, that she would come to appreciate you and all that you do for her. And in turn, she might start to respect you more herself, and become a good friend. That's about all I can say. If you're close enough with her mom, maybe you could even try asking her about her daughter and see if she can give you any advice. Hopefully that helped in some way, but if it didn't, maybe it at least made you think? I hope your problem gets resolved, Error, and you can be content with the outcome of it. :-)
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