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    Resources for Parents: It’s Back to School Time!

    By: Christy V. Temple

    Okay, it’s that time of year and ready or not it’s back to the classrooms. I know for some it’s an exciting time getting back into the swing of things. For others, perhaps they are lamenting the fact that Summer goes by way too fast. I am in that latter group but whether or not I like it, the fact is that school is back in session so we might as well make the best of it.

    This can be a very stressful time for kids but also for parents too as they are juggling work and the pressures of making sure that everything goes well at school. Sometimes we like to think that we can do it all but most of the time that’s just not possible. The whole idea of being able to do many things at once is really a misnomer. It just doesn’t work very well.

    Many people claim to have the ability to multitask but I personally have found that it really isn’t possible. Somewhere along the way one or all of the tasks tends to suffer as you need to really focus on one thing at a time. Believe me, I’ve tried doing it myself and the older you get the harder it is to do this. Therefore, it’s better to just take it slow and easy and do one thing at a time. Easier said than done in this fast-paced world but necessary nonetheless.

    Sometimes one of the reasons why we try to multitask stems from the fact that we don’t always have the right resources at our fingertips to help us out with the questions that need to be answered regarding the rearing and raising of our children. Not everyone has access to the best information and that’s one of the reasons why public libraries are so necessary so that we can offer those services to the public.

    Therefore, since it is back to school time and parents do have a lot on their plates to juggle, let me provide some resources that I believe would be valuable to them in this new school year.

    Here are some books that I believe will be useful at the Daviess County Public Library:

    • Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World by: Susan Sachs Lipman
    • Screen-Smart Parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child’s use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices by: Jodi Gold
    • The Working Parent’s Guide to Homeschooling by: Robyn Dolan
    • Planet Middle School: Helping your child through the Peer Pressure, Awkward moments, & Emotional Drama by: Kevin Leman
    • Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World
    • Speak Up and Get Along: Learn the Mighty Might, Thought Chop, and More Tools to Make Friends, Stop Teasing, and Feel Good about Yourself by: Scott Cooper (juvenile nonfiction)
    • Finding Quality Early Child Care: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents About What Matters Most by: Sarah Taylor Vanover
    • Child Decoded: Unlocking Complex Issues in your Child’s Learning, Behavior or Attention
    • The Organized Child: An Effective Program to Maximize your Kid’s Potential—in School and in Life by: Richard Gallagher
    • The Everything Parents Guide to Children with Autism: Expert, Reassuring Advice to Help Your Child at Home, at School, and at Play by: Adelle Jameson Tilton

    Additionally, here are some Internet resources that should be helpful as well:


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