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Back To School Stress Relief Tips for Parents
Author : Carolyn Eagle, Senior Editor, Health Media Today Category : Health and Wellness
Even though it’s the kids who are starting a new school year, September brings a shift away from holidays and relaxation for parents too. Here are some tips to ease your way into the new school year stress-free and in-control.
SET A BUDGET FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING
Money is a major stressor for many parents. Make a list of the necessities and stick to it. Don’t let retailers (or your kids) pressure you into over-spending or over-buying. School supplies are available all year long, no matter what retailers try to tell you and kids’ clothes will be on sale again for Christmas, so don’t try to do all your shopping the weekend before school starts.
GET BACK ON A REGULAR SLEEP ROUTINE
This applies to grown-ups as much as kids. Leisurely summer holidays and longer days mean we all tend to stay up a bit later but you are going to need your energy and the patience it provides to get sleepy kids out of bed on time, so make sure you are getting lots of sleep too.
KEEP IT SIMPLE FOR THE FIRST FEW WEEKS
It takes time to ease into the new schedule that comes with a new school year. Don’t over-commit yourself to activities or volunteer work those first few weeks of school. Let yourself be home at nights to help with homework and see how the kids are dealing with their new teachers and peer dynamics.
GIVE THE KIDS SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR LUNCHES AND SNACKS
Keeping up with the groceries is a stressful chore when you have a busy family. Even young children can pack their own snacks into their lunches the night before and this gives them some power over what they’re eating (within reason). Try keeping a wipe board in the kitchen where kids can write down any snack requests but also anything that they are running low on. This can help give you some ideas and also provides a shopping list for the next grocery store trip.
GET A FAMILY PLANNING/ SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
There are several wall calendars that run from September to September and have slots for each individual family member. Spend one evening writing in all of the PA days, holidays and any upcoming appointments, lessons, or other commitments. Having the family schedule at a glance can alleviate a lot of stress when you’re trying to make plans.