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By Dr. Nina Radcliff
It is that time of the year where back-to-school beckons to millions of families nationwide, raising stress levels with increased activities and jitters as schools and colleges welcome record numbers of students this fall.
For both parents and kids, there are commitments with end-of-summer events, last minute getaways, shopping for “the right” supplies and clothes, start-up of extracurricular activities, and too the emotional anxiety that often comes with changes with sleep times, getting up earlier, homework, new teachers and friends.
What You Need To Know About Reducing the Stress and Planning a Healthy Back-To-School Transition
Communication, communication, communication…and planning
First off, schedule a family meeting this week where everyone has the opportunity to participate by sharing their thoughts and concerns on the upcoming transition. Make it a team effort! And, parents, try keeping the tone fun to facilitate (lively) interaction. Whether entering kindergarten or K through college, by listening, we can pick-up cues of any related worries or activities that need to be addressed ahead of time.
Also, consider utilizing a written calendar that will not only mark back-to-school and related activities, but also pleasurable events—school dances, the upcoming breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas. And make sure to schedule follow-up discussions to address, and check-off, items: school supplies; school clothing or uniforms; backpacks; upcoming appointments (e.g., doctors, back-to-school night, parent teacher meetings, shopping); extra-curricular activities, and safety; and planning healthy routines (e.g., eating balanced meals, daily physical activities, and a sound sleep schedule). Hang this calendar in a well-visited location such as the refrigerator so it stays “relevant” and items are not forgotten. [Read more…]