Tips for a stress-free school year

This week we are featuring a series of back to school tips to help both parents and kids ease into the new school year successfully. Check back each day for more ways to make the most out of your year.

It’s back to school time—excitement and stress are in the air. While back to school season is often full of stress for parents and kids alike, it doesn’t have to be. Today we are sharing 10 of our favorite tips to help parents sending kids off to school stay stress-free. Be sure to check back tomorrow for 10 more tips for kids!

  1. Prepare for the morning the evening before. Set the breakfast table, make lunches, put out the clothes you plan to wear, and make a mental list of what needs to get done in what order.
  2. Be realistic when setting schedules. Make sure to set a realistic standard for your day. Leave room for breathing time and flexibility. If your schedule gets off track, it will be much easier to manage.
  3. Don’t take on too much all at once. Say no to extra projects, social activities, and invitations that you know you won’t have the time or energy for.
  4. Decide what area will be used as homework space. Kitchen table or family office, just make sure to have a specific spot in your home where homework gets done.
  5. Schedule down time. Time without a schedule can be valuable time to connect with children, relax, or catch up on things you missed throughout the day.
  6. Get some personal, quiet time. Journal, read, work on personal projects, or whatever really lets you relax. If your kids can be left alone, wear earplugs. They will know where to find you if anything goes wrong, and you will have some quiet time to focus.
  7. Be prepared. Spend an hour making a checklist of ways to be prepared for inconveniences or emergencies. Keep a book in your car for long wait times. Get your cars serviced and filled up with gas. Set a family plan for procedures during various situations.
  8. Talk to teachers about classroom involvement. Use the beginning of the year to discuss with teachers how you can be involved throughout the year, even if you only have a small amount of time to spare.
  9. Choose a time to focus on family conversation. Have a time set each day when you can connect with your children, chat about what is going on in their lives, and enjoy stress-free conversation.
  10. Do something fun each day. Most importantly, make sure you are smiling, laughing, or just enjoying the moment at least once a day. With so much going on, a bit of joy and happiness can relieve stress and turn your whole day around.
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