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It is back to school season again, which can be both exciting and stressful for students and parents alike. By making a few changes to your daily routine now, you can help ease that stress – both for you and your child. Here are some tips to ease the stress of heading back to school.
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Students have the stress of new classes, new teachers, a new schedule to remember, and of course getting back into a school routine. As a parent, it is our job to help ease that stress – and now is the best time to get started to make the transition from summertime to school year easier.
But students aren’t the only ones who feel stress during back to school season. For a lot of parents, back to school is stressful too – especially when thinking about the future. A recent T. Rowe Price survey indicates that 42% of parents lose sleep worrying about college costs.
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Five Unique Tips To Ease The Stress of Back To School
Start moving up bedtime. You may have a tendency to squeeze every moment of summer you possibly can into these last weeks – but wearing yourself – and your child – out just days before they are expected to perform well in class is a recipe for disaster.
Begin having your child go to bed 15-30 minutes earlier each week until school starts to get her body used to the change. By adjusting your child’s sleep schedule gradually, you will help avoid the shock that often comes with the first week of school.
Start waking up earlier. Hopefully when the bedtimes get earlier, the wakeup times will too. But just in case, it is good to start getting into the habit of setting an alarm to get ready for the school day.
Like with bedtime, start moving your child’s wake up time earlier to help get her body into that rhythm. Nothing is worse than hearing that 6am alarm when you have been sleeping until 9am every day for the last three months!
By moving your wake up times up in increments, your bodies will get more used to the early wakeup, and you will not feel so groggy in the morning.
Start eating lunch at the scheduled school lunchtime. One thing I have done since my girls were little is to look up the time they would be having lunch on the school schedule, and plan our lunches around the same time during the last few weeks of summer.
No matter how old you are, staying focused when your tummy is growling is virtually impossible. By getting on schedule with school lunch early, your body will come to know when to expect food a little easier, and stave off the feelings of “hangry” that so many of us feel.
Start a “quiet time” ritual at the time homework will be. Whether it is reading, brushing up on multiplication skills, or even putting a puzzle together, start getting in the habit of “homework time” so that when it is time to hit the books, your child will be ready and know to expect that time.
Take this tip one step further by creating a “homework station” for your child that is quiet and uncluttered and has the tools he or she needs for schoolwork. Make this fun by letting your child choose pretty pens, notebooks, a calculator, etc. that can only be used at this homework station.
Start preparing for the future now. One of my favorite cartoons shows a man sitting at a desk telling his coworker that his spell checker is broken – that it keeps changing “l-u-c-k” into “p-r-e-p-a-r-a-t-i-o-n.” The truth is the more prepared you are for what is to come – the easier it is to be ready come what may.
- Begin thinking of what easy weeknight meals your family loves.
- Purchase school supplies while they are plentiful on the shelves.
- Clean out closets and drawers to see what school clothes are needed.
- Make sure all doctors physicals and updates are finished to avoid the end of summer rush.
- Sign up for a Florida Prepaid Plan through the Big Dreams Start Early Promotion
Going Back to School should be an exciting time, and with just a few minor changes during the last few weeks of summer, you can make it a stress free time as well.