How to Use Google Cache to Restore a Permanently Deleted WordPress Blog Post

Hey guys!  I had a major freak out session today when I accidentally deleted a published blog post on WordPress, and then, in the process of trying to restore it, I accidentally hit the “permanently delete” button – not good!  If you ever wanted to meet a total klutz, I’m your guy!

How to Use Google Cache to Restore a Permanently Deleted WordPress Blog Post.

As I mentioned above, I was frantic!  I had just shared a 1,000 + word blog post to my blog, to Facebook, to Twitter, and to other sites. Now I was embarrassed because there was no page to direct them to any longer.

So, I did what anyone would probably do in that situation – checked Google for help. After scouring a few discussion boards, I discovered no real answer other than a method to restore posts that were sitting in the trash bin. My big problem was the post was no longer in the trash bin, nor was it in my database inside my WordPress SQL.

I finally found a discussion board talking about how to retrieve data from Google’s cache. I had no experience working with cache at any level – other than clearing it. But, I was desperate to save my 1,000+ word blog post I had just blasted to the world so I read the discussion.

Rather than go through a very complex, technical discussion of how cache works, I’ll skip to the cool part.  Google’s cache automatically stores pages in its memory allowing the content to be accessible as it was at the time it was cached (a snapshot, essentially). The cool part is that this data is accessible! All you have to do to get to the content (assuming you haven’t cleared your cache since you published the post) is type in:

Site:sitename.com: post title

Once you enter in the above information, and the post is still in cache, it’ll pull up the snapshot of the page as it appeared when it was cached.

How to Use Google Cache to Restore a Permanently Deleted WordPress Blog Post.

This was a beautiful thing! As soon as I saw my missing content all intact on the screen, I shouted for extreme joy. I was able to copy and paste my content back in to WordPress, use the same URL, and publish it again (as if it never happened!)

This was a true time-saving trick for me so I couldn’t help but share it all with you! The idea of losing a 1,000 word post I had worked on all week was really disappointing. Now, I can move on as if it never happened.

This near-disaster taught me one thing. Always save a backup outside of WordPress. Make it a habit of saving posts in Microsoft Word and then transfer them to WordPress. There are also WordPress plugins such as the one I use, BackUpWordpress.

Keep in mind that the above trick won’t work if you’ve cleared your cache since you posted the blog post. So, the best course of action is to always back up to Word and use a backup plugin. Also, if your post is old, chances are it has purged from your cache. There is a website called Way Back Machine that can dig to find your old post if you run into this issue. There is no guarantee that the post will be found.

I learned a valuable lesson today from this experience, but am glad I was able to find a solution and fix my problem. I hope this helps you if you ever run across this scenario.

9 Reasons Why You Aren’t Making Money With Affiliate Marketing

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Affiliate marketing is promoting the products and services of a business, and receiving commission for sales that convert through your unique links. There are literally thousands of merchants across all types of product types participating in affiliate programs.

Why is affiliate marketing beneficial for bloggers? It’s relatively easy to get started and a great way to supplement income. Merchants benefit by promoting their products through affiliate text links and banner ads shown on their affiliate participants’ blog or website.

Any blogger who looks to make serious income from a blog starts with affiliate marketing, because it’s the easiest and best way to drive up the income. If you do it correctly, there is potential for substantial income.

If you’ve been doing it for a while with no success, it’s time to take a step back and figure out what’s going wrong. Why are you failing? Why are you not seeing the clicks convert into sales?

Here is a list of 9 reasons why you aren’t earning affiliate income today, and what to do about it.

1. You don’t know how to do it

You can’t just wake up one day and decide you are going to get rich by participating in affiliate marketing. It just doesn’t work that way. There’s a method to the madness, and it’s up to you to make sense of it all. Luckily, there are tons of tutorials available to help you get started. I wrote my own tutorial about starting up with affiliate marketing. Have you read it yet? If not, it’s a great place to get started.

Many bloggers take the wrong approach and place affiliate links all over the place. My general rule of thumb for affiliate links is to not exceed one affiliate link per 1,000 words. Search engines don’t like tons of links, and may actually push your post down in the rankings. We don’t want that! Affiliate links should help us, not hurt us. So, one link per 1,000 words is your general guideline.

I also don’t recommend putting affiliate links in the first 500 words, unless absolutely necessary. Search engines crawling your site may flag it and move it down in the results.

2. You are promoting too many products

One reason why many bloggers fail to earn income through affiliate marketing is because they are promoting too many products at once. While you are free to sign up for as many programs as you like, it’s wise to only focus on those that relate the best to your blogging niche.

3. Products don’t relate to your niche.

If you are writing about travel or technology, why would you promote products for education or fashion? Your readers will not only get confused, but will catch on that you are just trying to earn a quick buck.  The products you promote through affiliate marketing should be directly related to your blog topics.

4. You’re a new blogger

It takes time to establish yourself in your niche and build creative content that drives traffic. Until you are getting more eyes on your site, the clicks on your affiliate links will suffer. Be patient with your traffic building. Unlike the impression some bloggers give out that say this can happen overnight, it takes patience, persistence and strategy to get to a great volume level.

This doesn’t mean you can’t earn income with lower traffic levels, but it takes more work to get the few clicks you are getting to convert over into actual income. If you are aiming for a high amount of conversions from your affiliate links, high traffic volume is crucial.

5. You aren’t consistent

To get good at anything, it takes consistency. Blogging is no different. Make sure you are putting out anywhere between 2-3 blog posts per week and then market them as heavily as possible.  Be consistent in promoting affiliate links properly, and always make sure you are disclosing the usage of links on your site.

6. You expect instant results

Like I said earlier, some bloggers swear they earned $50,000 after their first month of blogging. If this is the case, they are definitely the minority. Don’t expect quick success. Affiliate marketing can work, but it takes more than a month to drive numbers and volume.

Don’t get disappointed if you see $0.00 in your ShareASale account month after month. Keep running the slow and steady race, and eventually you will start to see results.

7. You’re only using AdSense

I had no luck with Google Adsense. I guess part of that was that my traffic volume wasn’t high enough for it to make enough income to be worth the trouble. The problem was, I was trying to rely only upon Adsense and wasn’t supplementing those ads with affiliate links.

Don’t isolate yourself to only Google Adsense. Don’t believe the reports you see where bloggers are earning thousands with Adsense. They have more than one blog (probably closer to 40 or 50!) to help generate a descent income.

Search engines like Google frown upon bloggers who are creating a blog for the sole purpose of Google Adsense, so you won’t be helping yourself by doing this.

8. You aren’t connecting with your audience

Writing a blog post is one thing, but writing a post that provides VALUE to your readers is another. There are hundreds of thousands of bloggers producing mediocre content every day. Why be one of them?  Find ways to bring value to your readers and connect with them on a personal level. Establishing trust is a critical beginning step to earning income from affiliate marketing. It’s just like any business – you MUST network and connect with others to be successful.

9. You’re buying into the hype

Ever see those posts, “How I earned $50,000 last month from affiliate marketing?” Don’t buy into the hype! Those bloggers aren’t just setting their links and watching the money roll in. There is a lot of hard work involved in bringing a blog to a level where affiliate income is substantial, and it takes much longer than a month. Am I saying it’s impossible? No? But I am saying it’s not realistic and don’t expect it to happen in a short month.

What now?

Now is a great time to sit back, analyze your current process, and find ways to drive more traffic to your affiliate links. Get creative! Who knows what will work if you never try? Best of luck, and please let me know if you have any questions.

Are you ready to start a blog? Check out my full guide here! Once you are up and running, sign up for Tailwind and get your posts automated on Pinterest and Instagram!

Here are some of my other blog posts on affiliate marketing:

How to Write a Blog Post That Doesn’t Suck

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If you are serious about your blogging business, knowing how to write an effective and exciting blog post takes practice, patience, and planning. If you don’t know how to do any of these things, you are going to write a ton of sucky content.

Today’s post is all about not being a sucky blogger. There are several easy steps you can follow right now to make your blog posts shine. Are you following any or all of these?

How to Write a Blog Post That Doesn't Suck

Step 1: Plan, Plan, Plan

Planning is the most important step in writing a great blog post, but it’s one that most of us bloggers probably admit to skip many times. We are so ready to write our masterpiece and share it with the world that we forget to put actual through into the structure, audience, and tone of what we write.

Want to know what I do to plan? Once I’ve found my topic, I create an outline. Outlines help me organize all the many thoughts entering my head when I’m trying to draft my blog post. Once I have my outline, I’m practically ready to start writing, but there’s more that I put into it than just planning.

Step 2: Write a Persuasive Headline

No matter what you write about, make the headline irresistible for your readers. You may be thinking that you are writing about the most boring product on the market (why?), but it really doesn’t matter. Get creative with your headline and let it do most of the work drawing in your readers’ attention.

Many bloggers resort to using automatic headline generators. This is okay, I guess, but if you want to be a successful blogger, shouldn’t you have the creative knowhow to come up with these headlines on your own? I’m all for making it unique, making it genuine, and making it original.  If I use a headline generator, it makes me feel like it’s not my own work.

Step 3: Write the way you talk

How to Write a Blog Post That Doesn't Suck

You don’t have to change who you are or how you talk just to get readers. Write the way you actually talk. If you don’t use big, scientific words in your every day life, why the hell would you use them in a blog post? If you think those fancy words will get you more readers, think again.

Always write in the first person. I’m not scoring any points by writing in the 3rd person. Writing in the 3rd person distances you from the subject you’re writing about. I want you to feel like you are actually there at the tropical island I’m writing about. Writing in the first person is, of course, the most personal way of writing. Do it every time. Trust me, your blog will be more like an informal conversation versus an informal lecture.

Step 4: Don’t fake anything

Ok it goes without saying, but don’t ever fake anything you’re writing about just to get affiliate link clicks or more traffic. While you might come across as a subject matter expert to some, others who are more experienced in your field can spot a fake a mile away.

Most of the time, I’m writing about my own experiences using a product, or as a blogger, but there are times when I have to do some research and quote my sources. Make sure you aren’t plagiarizing. Not only is that pathetic, but it’s a good way to get sued!

Step 5: Know what you are talking about

The best way to gain followers’ trust is to provide content that you know backwards and forwards. If you don’t know anything about a topic, do your research first to make sure you are giving out accurate information. If I’m taking to you about how super cool Tailwind is, but I had never used it, chances are I’m not providing you with valuable information. The good news is that I know a ton about the great features Tailwind has to offer and how much time it has saved me, so you can read off of my experiences and excitement to know that I’m giving you good information.

Step 6: Give something to your readers

I know it feels like you are providing a gimmick when you give something away just to get readers, and well, you are, sort of. Freebies are kind of like free cookies at the car dealership. You want to warm over your readers and grab their attention.

So what kind of freebies can you give out? Here are some ideas:

  • Free checklist
  • Worksheet
  • eBooks
  • Free e-course
  • Free samples
  • Giveaways / contests

Step 7: Never publish your first draft

How to Write a Blog Post That Doesn't Suck

I stopped becoming satisfied with hitting publish after the first draft because I quickly realized my content was suffering. What did I do instead? I implemented a “sit on it” process. Now, I write my content, let it sink in for 24 hours or so, and then come back for revisions. 9 times of out ten, I change some, most, or even all of what I originally wrote.

The good thing about doing it this way is that I’m not rushing to publish partially valuable information to my readers. By waiting an extra day, doing an extra look-over of my work, and creating a final draft, I’ve shown my readers that quality and accuracy are both important to me.

Trust me, this effort WILL translate to your blog’s success and traffic volume.

Step 8: Limit affiliate links and banner ads

Ok folks, I know most of you love putting up affiliate links and banner ads. They are a great way to earn a little extra money. I get it. I do it too. But, one thing I have quickly learned in blogging is that too many ads on the page makes a reader run away fast.

It’s so easy to tell when a blogger is trying to get clicks versus actually provide you with valuable content. Once the pop up ads fill up my screen, I’m beyond frustrated and close out of my browser.

I’m not saying that affiliate links or banner ads are a bad thing. Use them sparingly. My rule of thumb for affiliate links is one link per 1,000 words. I’m at word 1,048 right now, so by that rule I should have one affiliate link, right?  Look up in step 5 and you’ll see my one and only affiliate link for Tailwind.

Of course, a few more affiliate links occasionally throughout the post won’t completely kill your SEO, but filling up the page with banners and links definitely hurts you in search rankings.

Step 9: Make paragraphs short and sentences simple

Blog paragraphs and sentences are very different than almost any other type of writing. Normally, you want at least 5 good sentences per paragraph, but blogging, stick to 2-3. Use simple sentences and get to the point quickly.  The more words on the page the more distracted your readers will become.

I will be honest in saying it takes practice at doing this, especially if you are used to writing papers in college. All of my wonderful essays and assignments in college wouldn’t fly as blog posts! Practice, practice, practice and soon you will be in a good rhythm of writing at just the right length.

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Step 10: Let someone else read your work first

How to Write a Blog Post That Doesn't Suck

Don’t be afraid to let a friend or family member read your draft before you publish it. A second set of eyes is never a bad idea, and it’s a good indicator of how your readers may react to what you’ve written. Family members may hold back if they are afraid to offend you, but a friend will tell you straight up what they think.

Keep in mind that it’s still your content. Despite all the feedback and suggestions you get, you are still in control of what goes and what stays. Don’t ever feel pressured to change something to make someone else happy. It’s your work in the end.

Step 11: Fine tune and perfect!

Just like with anything we do, we have to work hard to get to a place where we can be happy. The same is true with blogging. Good bloggers are always fine-tuning their content – even months after writing it. Don’t be afraid to scrap a 5,000 word post if it means the new post is going to be 10 times better!

While you are in the fine-tuning process, please please please do a spelling and grammar check. It doesn’t get more embarrassing than hitting publish and then finding out it’s full of grammatical errors.

I love copying and pasting my post into Microsoft Word to use its spell checker. While I think the WordPress one is sufficient, I don’t use it. Word has a pretty good reputation, and has rarely failed me before.

Step 12: Find the right images

There are lots of free stock image sites available that I use for blog images. The few that come to mind are: Pixabay, Unsplash and Pexels. Selecting just the right kind and amount of images is important. One the one hand, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to include a relevant image, but on the other, adding too many images makes your post distracting.

My personal rule of thumb for my blog posts is no more than 4 images per post. If I need to use more, I’d better have a darn good reason for doing so.

Images help improve your SEO if you are completing the alt tags and description. Did you know when someone does a search for your topic, they can pull up your post based on the above information? So, images matter!

Step 13: Incorporate lists

Hey, I don’t care what you write about, but there’s always a way to incorporate some kind of list into the post. Lists are very good attention-grabbers. Did you notice the list of steps at the top of this post?

Lists are great because your readers can easily see what kind of information they can expect to find in your post. If you are including a list of products or tips, it’s a great time to include your affiliate links.

Not only do lists look good on your post, they also help drive your SEO. Search engines like Google love lists because readers can’t resist them!

Step 14: Ask for specific feedback

How do I know that a post of mine does well? I ask my readers for specific feedback. I don’t think it’s enough just to ask, “how did you like my post?” I like to ask specific questions about specific parts of the post.

You should be asking for feedback in every post, down in your call-to-action section. Encouraging reader feedback is a great indicator that you care about their opinions and are not just out to make a quick buck.

If you do get feedback, RESPOND! And, respond timely. I LOVE getting comments on my blog posts! I’ve received some negative feedback, which has helped me improve, but the majority of the feedback has been positive. I’d never know how my readers feel about my content if I didn’t ask. So, ask away!

Step 15: Get creative!

I know you have a blog to maintain, but don’t limit yourself to just writing blog posts. Did you know that you can take the posts you’ve written and put them into other forms of communication?

Take a post you’ve written and make a video tutorial, like I did for my Tailwind post. Videos are a fantastic way for your readers to connect with you visually and get to know the person behind the words.

Convert posts to infographics, PowerPoint presentations, polls, surveys, etc. You’d be surprised as to how many different ways you can get creative to get your content out there. The sky is the limit!

That’s it!

Blogging always seems to be something everyone says they could do full-time, but it always appears easier until you actually do it. I’m happy to say I’ve got a great blogging process down, and it has gotten easier for me over time. I feel like a true blogging pro!

Did I miss something?  Do you have more questions about an aspect of blogging that I didn’t cover? Let me know in the wonderful comments section below and I’ll answer them for you.

Happy blogging!

How Can I Increase My Blog Traffic?

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If you are like me, you are searching for ways to increase blog traffic, but have tried just about everything. It’s frustrating to not gain readers after writing what seems to be a high quality blog post. Don’t give up. There are ways to boost traffic. Have you tried any of these before? If not, it’s a great time to shake things up on your blog.

How Can I Increase My Blog Traffic?

1. Write a lot of content

How Can I Increase My Blog Traffic?

Have you ever visited a blog in 2017 that hadn’t seen a new post since 2015? It’s frustrating. The more new and fresh content you write, the more traffic you will generate. All of the search engines like to see freshly written posts, thus sending your posts higher up on the results list. My personal rule of thumb is to write 2-3 new posts per week, and spend the rest of the time promoting content.

2. Stay active on social media

Social media is one of the primary drivers of traffic to my blog. Even if I haven’t written a new post during the week, I still share my older content throughout my different social media channels. I repeatedly share current and past content so that as many people as possible get the opportunity to read and share it.

3. Don’t write about any random topic under the sun

While you may enjoy writing about sports, fitness, travel, or kids, if your main blogging niche is about blogging and writing, don’t go off topic. Remember, you’re writing your content for your readers, not yourself. I’m not saying you can’t have a self-focused post every once in a while, but this should be rare.

4. Don’t overlook SEO

How Can I Increase My Blog Traffic?

There are tons and tons of articles on the internet about proper usage of keywords. There are also other articles claiming that keyword strategies aren’t as important as they used to be, but this is not true. Developing a keyword strategy for each post is crucial in drawing in as much search traffic as possible. Put keywords in all of the right places, such as your headline, URL, and of course, in your content.

5. Consider guest posts

Allowing guest posts on your site can be a good way to get your site out to more readers. Contributors to your site often share their post with their readers, thus increasing views on your blog. If you are going to allow guest posts, come up with a set of guidelines and stick with them.

6. Repurpose old blog posts

You may remember my older post about how to revitalize old blog content, but it remains true today. Your content can serve more than one purpose through more than one medium. Imagine taking a blog post and turning into a video, like I did with my Tailwind tutorial video. You can also take a tutorial post and turn it into a slideshow to share on SlideShare. Consider different ways to convert old content into new mediums.

7. Tackle current topics related to your niche

Seek out what other readers are searching for and write a blog post that answers their questions. Not only will this give you a lot of search traffic, but it will set you up as an expert in your niche. Scour Facebook and new sites to look for topics in your niche. You’d be surprised at how much information you’d be able to find after a 15 minute search on Facebook. Try it!

8. Push content continuously

It’s not enough to push your content once and forget about it. Social media is constantly changing. Set a social media sharing schedule and stick to it. Repetitive and constant sharing of content is crucial to keeping readers interested.

9. Increase your Pinterest presence

How Can I Increase My Blog Traffic?

It’s no surprise that Pinterest can be a great source of traffic if you implement a solid strategy. Since its inception years ago, Pinterest has grown into a content sharing mega force. Create boards on Pinterest that match up with the content you are sharing on your site. Even better, invest in automatic pinning tools, such as Tailwind, to maximize exposure and make the pinning process simple.

Join group boards on Pinterest to extend the reach of your pins. I run a Blogging Tools and Tips board with over 100 collaborators and 7k pins. Come join us!

10 Back-to-School Hacks You Can’t Live Without

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10 Back-to-School Hacks You Can't Live Without

It’s that time of year again in Ohio.  The kiddos have been back in school for a few weeks now, and we are once again back in the busy family routine. I sometimes feel like the whole “back to school” season is meant to see which parents are the best, and which ones are behind in the game. It does get a little ridiculous with all the pressure to get things ready, but honestly, back to school has been happening every year. It’s not a new thing.

With 4 kids (3 in school), the number of supplies is always high. It seems like the list is increasing every year. How do you organize it all and make sure you aren’t forgetting anything?

I’ve come up with 10 back to school hacks and tips for you to consider. No matter the family size, these tips will ensure a smooth transition to a new school year.

1: Don’t wait until the last minute to get supplies

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Has this been you in the past? Don’t lie. I think we are all guilty of waiting until the very last minute to get school supplies. Schools release their supply lists well before school starts, and our school even gives out the option to order a package of all the supplies through them – thus eliminating the need to go shopping, or even procrastinate about shopping.

We didn’t go the pre-order route this year. I have to give kudos to my wife because she bought all the supplies this year with all 4 kids along for the trip. She’s truly a superstar in my book, and the greatest mom my kids could ever have.

If you are one of those that procrastinates, you risk the chance of supplies running out at local stores. Don’t be the parent whose kid is the last to have everything. While you may not think it’s the end of the world, it’s embarrassing for your kid.

2: Get everything ready the night before

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Our kids have to be up around 6:30 a.m. and out the door by 7:30. Scrambling for clothes, lunches, snacks, forms, and other items in the morning only adds to the chaos. That’s why we strive to get everything ready the night before as much as possible.

Heaven forbid we go one day without some form needing signed, or field trip money to be sent in, but that’s the reality of school these days. It’s all worth it because our kids deserve a great education and school experience.

3: Get in the routine before school starts

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Just like adults need a routine, so do kids. My wife and I try to get the kids back in some sort of routine a few weeks before school starts. During the summer, the kids usually go to bed later and wake up later. We try to start pushing their bed time closer and closer to their normal school night bed time a few weeks ahead so that by the time we get to the big first day, everyone’s back in a good sleep routine.

4: Attend your school’s open house

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I know a lot of parents who skip the open house. For our family, open house is a good chance for us to meet the teacher, see the classroom, and gather important information for the year. Our kids enjoy going because they bump into all of their friends they haven’t seen since the last school year.

You’ll get a lot of information at open house, but it saves a lot of time and headaches searching for information down the road. Our kids get to take their supplies on open house night and get their desks all ready to go for the year. Believe me, taking supplies to school before the first day makes a huge difference (and reduces first day stress!).

5: Set expectations with your kids from day one

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All kids are different when it comes to study habits, abilities, knowledge, and social skills. But, this doesn’t mean that expectations can’t be the same for all kids. All parents want their kids to succeed and do the best that they can.

We teach our kids to always try their best in every subject, but we also teach them that it’s ok to ask questions. My oldest sometimes loses confidence when he sees something new in class. Helping him understand that he’s not alone, and that all kids learn new things makes a big difference in his self-esteem.

One big expectation we set for our kids is to always be respectful at school. They are expected to listen to their teachers and respond appropriately, don’t spread rumors about other kids, and respect those with different values, cultures, opinions, and physical abilities.

Another expectation is that our kids are to always be truthful to us about what’s happening at school. I love that they each have their own assignment books that we have to read and sign every night. They are expected to tell us when work is due and when they have tests coming up. The important thing here is to teach them that two-way communication is the norm at home.

6: Don’t do too many activities at the same time

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Your kids are going to get invited to join clubs, scouts, teams, and other activities at school. Don’t feel like they have to participate in everything. Remember, the more activities they are involved in, the more challenging it becomes to allow for studying and homework.

As a general rule for our family, we allow each of our kids to participate in one activity at a time. Our 9 year old is in dance and our 7 year old just started swimming at the YMCA. Our 10 year old usually plays baseball in the summer and basketball in the fall or winter.

Remind your kids that it’s important to find an activity they love, but that school and homework come first. If they can’t keep their grades up and participate in the activity at the same time, they will have to stop participation until grades improve.

7: First year at the school? Visit it in advance of the first day

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My kids have switched schools several times in the past 5-6 years. One thing we found was very helpful to them was to visit the school before the first day. You won’t believe how much pressure is relieved by getting them familiar with their school environment before the first day.

Your kids are going to have so many questions about their new environment.  Where are the classrooms?  Where’s the lunchroom? Is there a gym? Where is the playground?

By visiting the school ahead of time, your kids will have fewer things to worry about on day one.

8: Buy calendars and stick to them

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I don’t know how my family would function without a calendar to provide us with a visual of what’s going on for the day, week, month, or year. We use calendars on our phones as well as a physical calendar hanging in the kitchen and office.

Teach your kids about calendars and how to use one to organize their world. Even though the world is pretty much digital when it comes to calendars, nothing is better than having your schedule physically in your hand.

I highly recommend Calendars.com. They are an online provider of just about any type of calendar you can imagine. I love their site because not only do they provide all types of calendars, but they also have planners, puzzles, toys, games, gifts, and even things for dogs and cats! Right now they are offering free shipping with $30 + calendar purchase.

9: Teach your child about bus safety

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You may ask me how your kids can practice getting on and off the bus without a bus present, but it can be done. Practice waiting outside or at the bus stop with your child. You can also practice looking both ways before crossing the street.

You can also teach your child what’s acceptable behavior while on the bus. Most buses don’t have seatbelts, so help your kids to understand that standing up and moving around while the bus is moving is dangerous.

A lot of bullying happens while on the bus. Encourage your child to not participate in bullying, and if he or she sees it happening, encourage them to report it to the bus driver. If your child is the victim of bullying, it’s important to stop it right away. Report it to the principal immediately.

10: Encourage hard work, but have fun

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Too many times parents are stressed out about their kids’ school more so than the kids are. Yes, there’s a lot of work involved in school activities, but there is no reason why going to school can’t be fun. Make learning fun at home by finding creative activities on Pinterest to supplement what they are learning at school. Find fun videos on YouTube or online quizzes to help them retain information.

Parents, guess what?  You have homework…

Relax. Yes, your homework is to relax. There’s a lot going on during the school year, but keeping calm yourself will translate to your kids. Your kids are not perfect, and they are going to make mistakes. Learning from our mistakes in life is very important. Don’t criticize your kids for making mistakes. Teach them why they made them and what to do to correct them going forward.

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