Four words I really don't like: Summer is winding down.
Three words I really like: Back to school!

Getting back into a routine and jumping on some new habits will help ease into the new norm. As a parent, here are a few tips my wife and I have found helpful:

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1. Zombie mornings really suck. For kids, and mom and dad. Those are the early mornings when the alarm goes off way too early and the littlest things will set off your kids. Like "Why is the syrup way over there?" "She's looking at me funny!" and "My homework isn't in my backpack, mom!" Avoid these kinds of mornings by easing into the new schedule before school begins for the year. Of course, there will always be little tantrums in the mornings but it really is amazing how much a lot of these can be alleviated by a good night's sleep.

2. Back-to-school shopping is expensive. Keep an eye out for sales, coupons, and other deals.

3. If you're little wizard is always losing or misplacing their backpack, you're not alone. You may want to consider getting an electronic tracker, such as Tile or Cube. Attach one to the backpack or school-issued laptop and connect it to your phone via Bluetooth. We have 3 and they really do work.

4. Do you remember how many times throughout the summer you have reminded the kids to watch their screen time? Now is the time to really enforce that. With a new routine comes a perfect time to set tech limits and stick with them. Homework will always be more important than video games or Snapchat - even if they disagree with you.

Here's wishing all parents and kids a very happy and safe school year!

Who Is Ben Reifel And Why Is A Sioux Falls School Named After Him?

Sioux Falls has a new middle school named Ben Reifel Middle School. It just opened for the 2021 fall school year.

If you've traveled the east side of Sioux Falls you've probably noticed the progress in the school's construction. It is located at Faith Ave. on the cites east side just northeast of Harmodon Park off 41st Street.

Sioux Falls' newest middle school bears the name of Benjamin Reifel, also known as Lone Feather. So who is Ben Reifel?

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