If you know anyone who’s ever detoxed from drug addiction, you know that “cleaning out” the body is hardly a pleasant experience. And it’s not only the actual detox that’s a problem: post-detox life often feels painfully unnatural for months. With the old coping mechanism gone, what’s left is the sort of vacuum that nature abhors—and old habits watching for an opportunity to rush back into that vacuum. The only defense is a relapse-prevention plan that substitutes healthier coping mechanisms—and reinforces them through practice and accountability.
“Our Lives Are Empty”
Parents who have recently decluttered their homes—or shaken off unhealthy parenting practices such as demanding or nagging—can learn from detox-without-relapse principles.
Note to Teachers
If your classroom is cluttered with out-of-date resources, used papers, broken toys, and personal items that belong at home—why not plan a Decluttering Week with daily lessons on clutter and overload, working up to a Decluttering Day where everyone clears out their own desks and then pitches in on communal areas? Don’t forget a post-declutter debriefing to discuss how everyone felt about and learned from the project—and how you will all keep the classroom clutter-free in the future.
A SCHOOL THAT KNOWS ITS PRIORITIES
If you don’t want your child’s school experience cluttered with overemphasis on standardized tests—at the expense of important life skills—Shady Oak Primary School may be what you’re looking for. Our active, child-centered learning program teaches more than what kids need to know: they practice doing what’s needed for success and personal impact. We focus on individualized yet collaborative programs, real-world experience, and instructing the whole child. Contact usto learn more!
Blessings to parents and children of all ages!