Notes on Parenting

Insights for parenting babies, toddlers, teens, and young adults.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Back to School Stresses

As school is starting and everybody is getting into the swing of a new school year it is very common to have a lot of stresses associated with the start of a new year. Some common stressors are:

  • Adjusting to a new schedule
  • Sending children off to school for the first time or to a new school
  • After school activities
  • Getting homework done
  • Getting to know your child's teacher
These are just a few examples of some of the stressors that parents and children often experience at the beginning of a new school year. What are some ways to relive the added stress that comes with the start of school?

The following are some suggestions that I came up with:

  • Try to avoid adding extra things to your schedule while adjusting to the new schedule school brings
  • Take the time to ask your children about their day (what they are learning, friends they are making, etc.)
  • Be sure to still spend time as a family (e.g., eat dinner together, have family outings, etc.)
  • Get enough sleep and make sure your children are getting enough sleep
These are just a few examples that I thought of. Please let us know what you do to manage the stress that comes with the start of a new school year.



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