Tip of the Week

Back-to-school season is an exciting time for both students and parents, but it can be a stressful time as well. For students, it can be intimidating taking on new classes and settings, all while juggling extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, parents face added financial and emotional stress that comes with a new school year, from purchasing school supplies and new clothing to learning to let go. Through it all, one constant between students and parents is the desire to stay connected.

As parents prepare to send their kids off for the new school year, Total Wireless is serving up five simple tips to help you confidently stay connected during the upcoming back-to-school season:

1. Plan ahead: There are many elements that go into prepping for back-to-school and the long list of to-do’s can be daunting. Taking things one step at a time and getting organized in advance can make all the difference. Using your smartphone to keep track of your to-do list and look up move-in checklists for packing and shopping guidance can help you stay organized, save time and allow you to work smarter, not harder.

2. Stay in touch: Thanks to technology, there are a variety of ways to connect in between study sessions and after-school activities. With the ability to call, text, video chat and email, smartphones are an essential tool for staying in touch with loved ones near and far. Look for ways to experience things “together” by texting regularly over good news, small updates or things that make you think of one another. Set up time weekly — or multiple times a week — to video chat, and never underestimate the power of a phone call.

(To offer families a dependable way to stay in touch this back-to-school season, Total Wireless is giving away 5GB of free 4G LTE† data with the purchase of a new line through Sept. 30, 2018.)

3. Send care packages: For parents with kids heading off to college, plan a sweet surprise with a customized care package to show your student just how much you miss them. Send along their favorite healthy snacks, treats, magazines and more just because, or in advance of a big exam or special occasion. Consider including a pair of headphones — a college staple, perfect for hunkering down to study, a trip to the gym or getting around campus. Ultimately, no matter what you choose to send in a care package, it will put a smile on their face knowing you are rooting for them at home.

4. Enjoy some “me” time: Along with heading back to school comes a level of adventure — for parents, too! Take advantage of an open schedule and some time of your own by planning a trip to a destination you’ve always wanted to visit, or checking an item off your bucket list. For those who just want to kick back and relax, consider treating yourself to a spa day or a good read. Given there’s an app for everything these days, you can use your smartphone to find activity ideas, or score the best deals, regardless of how you choose to spend your “me” time.

5. Be confident: While experiencing change can be intimidating or overwhelming, trust in your child (and yourself!) and believe they are strong enough to face any challenges that may arise. Offer them positive encouragement by letting them know you are proud of their accomplishments and have full confidence in all they will achieve in the future.

Parents and students alike, focus your energy and time on making new memories and maintaining communication with loved ones throughout the school year. And most importantly, remember “you got this!” Discover more on the latest devices and great rate plans at TotalWireless.com.

— Total Wireless /Brandpoint

Family Movie Night

“Christopher Robin”

Rated: PG

Length: 104 minutes

Synopsis: A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

Book Report

“Tiny Little Rocket”

Ages: 3 - 5 years

Pages: 32

Synopsis: Climb aboard for a bedtime picture book sure to appeal to every kid’s sense of wonder. Young readers will love stepping into the cockpit of a wonderful rocket ship that takes them zipping through the planets, stars, and space, all the way back home to Earth and their cozy beds!

— David Fickling Books

Did You Know

Exposure to alcohol through breast milk may cause a comparable drop in a child’s cognitive abilities, according to a study published recently in the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers from Macquarie University in Australia reported that “exposing infants to alcohol through breast milk may cause dose-dependent reductions in their cognitive abilities. They found that increased maternal consumption of alcohol aligned with lower nonverbal reasoning scores in 6- and 7-year-olds who had breastfed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends not drinking alcohol as the safest option for breastfeeding mothers, but says moderate alcohol consumption (up to one drink a day) is not known to be harmful to infants, particularly if the mother waits at least two hours before nursing.

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