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Switching Gears: Preparing for the Transition from Summer to Fall

Switching Gears: Preparing for the Transition from Summer to Fall

It is hard to believe that yet another summer is coming to an end. Where did all the time go? 

Switching Gears: Preparing for the Transition from Summer to Fall

Barbara R. Greenberg, Ph.D.
Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, Psy.D.

 AUGUST 7, 2011 It is hard to believe that yet another summer is coming to an end. Where did all the time go? As I review my “Summer To Do” list I have to chuckle out loud. Did I even complete one item on this long list? Gee, I must have been feeling optimistic when I wrote it.

 With only a few weeks left, it is now time to switch gears. Time to mentally prepare for Fall. It is a time to focus on transitions.

 I must admit that preparing for the transition presents somewhat of a dilemma. On the one hand there is the urge to savor every last moment of summer. On the other hand, the more you mentally and physically prepare for the Fall the less chaos and confusion you face when it finally arrives.

 So how can you prepare for the end of one season and the beginning of another? It is not so easy but here are some thoughts:

 1.) Buy school supplies now. You do not want to be caught in the last minute rush to the office supply store! It is usually a madhouse. How do I know? I am not always so good at taking my own advice!

2.) If your Fall schedule will include putting on your chauffeur hat to shuttle your teens from activity to activity then  try to work out potential carpool partners now. While you may not be able to work out the complete schedule- starting to plan now will cut down on the anxiety often associated with arranging carpools once school starts. This is especially true if you are a working parent.

3.) Ask your teens to do a quick wardrobe check. They should sort out what no longer fits and do an inventory of shoes and necessary accessories (e.g. backpacks).

4.) If you need to shop try to go during off hours such as early evening or mid-day during the week. Once school starts the mall will be mobbed with last minute shoppers.

5.) Create a Fall calendar which details events and activities. This will give you a visual picture of what to expect in the upcoming months. Such preparation will quell the feeling of internal (and external) chaos that often accompanies the transition from Summer to Fall.

6.) Enjoy the final days of summer! You can truly relax knowing you are well prepared for the upcoming transition into Fall.

 © 2011, TalkingTeenage.com

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