Whether you’re the parent of a first grader or a college student, BACK TO SCHOOL can trigger a host of conflicting emotions. Some of you are clinging to the last remnants of summer while others are counting the days to freedom. Either way, you’re probably checking off the required list of supplies and pulling out your calendar to fill in orientation and extracurricular dates.
Remember to take care of yourself in the process.
Back to School can signal a fresh start for you as well as for your child. If you need help shaping the year ahead, contact me to find out how solution-focused therapy can help.
Whether you’re kicking and screaming or chomping at the bit, here is a list of links to helpful articles to help you through the transition:
Tips to prepare yourself and your children for Back to School
- Prepare yourself first – http://gethealthyu.com/6-back-school-self-care-tips-moms/
“The pressure on parents to be involved in their kids’ school lives can be overwhelming…. if moms are intentional about the way they approach a new school year, they can significantly reduce their own stress so they are better able to help their children start the school year on a positive note.”
- Prepare your family – https://www.care.com/a/end-back-to-school-anxiety-12-tips-to-prep-the-whole-family-1108091755
“No matter how much a child genuinely enjoys school, the anticipation of carefree summer days turning into a schedule-driven school week can be difficult.” Care.com’s parenting experts offer advice for “making the back-to-school transition a little more worry free for you and your kids so you can all enjoy the last days of summer:”
- Combat your child’s separations anxiety – http://www.parenting.com/gallery/how-to-deal-with-school-separation-anxiety
“From summer prep to goodbye rituals, find out how you can make things less stressful on the first day of school.”
- Combat your own separation anxiety – http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/off-to-college-parental-separation-anxiety-0612136
“Come September, many young people will be leaving home to go away to college. Students and parents are excited about this new journey. But in addition to the excitement, there is often anxiety about moving out of the comfort zone of home and family. While the focus is often on the separation anxiety the student experiences at this milestone, too often we neglect the parents’ separation anxiety.”
Wishing you a smooth transition. – Lisa