Back-to-School time means a lot of different things for different people.
For young children, it can be nerve-wracking. They fear the unknowns. They may worry and think...
- Will my teacher be nice?
- Will I have any friends in my class?
- Am I smart enough?
As students become older, back-to-school becomes about the clothes, the shoes, and their friends. Their image seems to be the central focus.
For parents, back to school may be a source of celebration because their kids are now occupied for much of the day. Yet, at the same time, it may be a source of stress, to get the kids up, ready and off to
No doubt about it, back-to-school time can be stressful.
There are many ways to destress during this crazy transition of carefree summer days to the busy
practice schedules, homework, and routine.
Remember these 5 tips to help ease you into the transition
from summer to every minute being scheduled.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Prepare everything you can the night before. Kids can have their clothes laid out and ready to put on in the morning. This is a big time saver!
If your children take lunch, prepare it the night before. A big time-saver is to pre-pack snacks for the entire week, then toss one into their lunch bag the night before.
Make an area just for each child's homework and backpack. This can be a corner of their nightstand, or a
desk they use, or just a special spot. By having a dedicated spot in which they know WHERE their homework is, you save yourself from the headaches of playing hide-n-seek with homework! (A tossed aside backpack, unopened, doesn't count!)
The same practice of dedicated space should go for uniforms and accessories for each sport they are
involved in. If they put their gear in the same place every time, you'll know where it is when it's game time!
Little kids need a little more time to adjust than most teenagers, but everyone still goes through a period of adjustment. During that time, try to be more calm and patient with them. We could all use more understanding!
Take a Break
Routine is good and planning ahead makes things go smoother. It's equally important to STOP and clear your head. Take a break from your normal routine and go outside for a quick walk, do some gardening, or just listen to nature can have an immediate calming effect.
Practice these 5 tools and your back-to-school routine will sure to be less stressful.