Making a smooth transition into kindergarten

5 Ways Parents Can Make a Stress-Free Summer to School Transition

1. Be sure to take your child to visit her new school at least twice before classes start.

2. Meet with the teachers in a casual setting so your children have been introduced.

3. Inform teachers and the principle about any special needs, dietary restrictions, temperament issues, allergies, and concerns you might have.

4. Also let the teacher know your child's strengths and interests so teachers have a head's up.

5. Make a calendar for a 7 day count down to the first day of school so your child has time to mentally prepare as well as express any worries or concerns that you can discuss ahead of time and assure them that you'll have their back as they make the transition.

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About Beth Wilson, Author, "Meditations for New Mothers"; Life Coach

Beth Wilson is a best-selling author, speaker, integrative life coach and women's empowerment expert whose active involvement with parenting and women's issues, as well as personal growth and change, gives her a unique perspective on the challenges facing men, women and families today.

Wilson is the author of the best-selling book, Meditations For New Mothers (1992), which was featured on the front page of The Wall St. Journal due to its volume sales in the first five months of publication. Currently, it has sold more than 800,000 copies and been translated into 15 different languages.

The success of Wilson's first book was followed by publication of Meditations For Mothers Of Toddlers (1995), Meditations During Pregnancy (2001), Restoring Balance To A Mother's Busy Life (1996) and Creating Balance In Your Child's Life (1999).

Wilson is currently finishing her latest book, He's Just No Good For You: A Guide To Leaving A Destructive Relationship, expected in January 2009.

Wilson is also the host of "Quantum Leaps," the popular Internet radio talk show with an international audience that airs on Voice America, the leading live Internet talk radio broadcaster. After initially airing on Voice America's Women's Network, where it became the top-rated show in just 10 weeks, the Internet broadcaster moved the show - which offers listeners a new path for self-empowerment - to its flagship channel in May 2008.

At the same time, Wilson launched a new website,, as a companion to the radio show. In addition to expanding upon the conversations Wilson has with callers to her show and life coaching clients, the website lets visitors sign up for a free bi-weekly ezine, "Teaming with Life," which covers personal growth and health topics.

Wilson earned her B.A. in International Relations from Oberlin College. Upon graduating, she worked as a legislative assistant for former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, who was the only woman on the prestigious and powerful Armed Services Committee. As part of her duties, Wilson drafted legislation, floor statements and speeches on Congresswoman Schroeder's behalf and "learned first-hand, how challenging it was to operate in a man's world, and how misunderstood 'woman's issues' truly are."

Wilson's client list includes politicians, celebrities, scholars, royals, Olympians, models, parents, journalists and financial executives. She also has formed an extensive international network of physicians, osteopaths, nurses, healthcare practitioners, therapists, and social workers who utilize her skills for individualized wellness programs.

Wilson conducts life coaching sessions over the phone and travels extensively to meet with clients in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe. Based in Mountain View, Calif., and the mother of three children, she enjoys distance swimming, film and traveling in her spare time.

When I was growing up, mothers were plentiful on my block. In fact, we were the only family who had a full-time career mother and so I would go hang out with the mothers who didn't work outside the home. I developed an array of relationships with 2nd and 3rd moms that have been invaluable to this day. Nowadays with so many career women who put in long hours and mothers who work out of necessity, children are too often left to their own devices and far too many parents think teens and young adults don't really need much guidance and time. Not true! The teen years and young adult years are the best time to be a 2nd mom to others' children in order to help them navigate an increasingly complex world and prevent them from being isolated or looking for love in all the wrong places.

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