5 ways to squash back-to-school stress


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos





Heading back to school is exciting for both kids and parents, but with all the thrill and anticipation, there can be quite a bit of stress, too. As a parent, you can approach the impending school year with a positive attitude and these tricks can help minimize stress and give your kids extra confidence when heading into the classroom.

Lifestyle expert and mother of two Jeannette Kaplun recommends these tips:

Start adjusting bedtimes before school startsIt’s common for bedtime rules to be broken in the summer. However, an abrupt transition to early mornings can lead to stress and irritability. The National Sleep Foundation recommends implementing earlier bedtimes two weeks before school starts and setting the alarm a bit earlier each morning for a smooth transition to the first day of school.

Curb the summer slideScreen time isn’t just for passing time; leverage technology to keep the reading skills your kids learned in the classroom sharp all summer long. A device like the Fire Kids Edition tablet from Amazon is built from the ground up for kids with a two-year worry-free guarantee, a kid-proof case and a one-year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, giving kids access to 15,000 kid-friendly books, videos, educational apps and games. Parental controls like Learn First encourage learning before playtime and allow you to set screen time limits to help get kids back into a routine for the school year. Additionally, STEM toys and games can keep math and science top of mind during the summer months and help kids excel during the school year.

Dress for successThere’s a reason grownups tend to dress up for special events — when you look good, you feel good. Give your kids that same boost by helping them choose a special outfit for the first day of school that he or she feels comfortable and confident wearing. Shopping for clothes is an opportunity for your child to express individuality, so have fun with it. For added stress relief, lay out the complete ensemble the night before and have your child try it on to head off any concerns. If the routine works, try making it part of your nightly routine for stress-free mornings throughout the school year.

Simplify the shopping experience Every back-to-school season comes with classroom supply lists and new wardrobe needs. A one-stop shop retailer like Amazon lets you complete your shopping on your own schedule, and its back-to-school store offers deals and a wide selection, making it easy to find everything from must-have items like binders, backpacks and shoes to fun gear such as glitter glue, donut erasers and emoji stickers that allow kids to express their personalities.

“Back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to cause anxiety,” Kaplun said. “By shopping online at Amazon from your phone, tablet or computer, you can buy everything you need without having to find a parking spot, tracking down a sales associate to help you find your child’s size or standing in line to pay, saving you precious time. Plus, Prime members receive unlimited, free two-day shipping on more than 100 million items all-year long.”

Share the excitementIt’s perfectly normal for parents and kids to feel anxious about the new school year. Instead of revealing your own apprehension, share your favorite memories from your time in your child’s upcoming grade. Ask your kids what they’re most excited for and what they’re a little nervous about and come up with solutions together.

—Family Features




Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Back Pain Expert Nick Clark: How To Properly Lift Your Grandkids
Hey Marge,


Lifting a child can be a deceptively challenging task, especially when they are upset!


Read more »
Image

Finance Expert Doug Messina: How much to save
A reasonable goal is to save 10 percent of your pre-tax income in retirement savings vehicles. If you have the option, consider directing a portion from your paycheck to a 401(k)...
Read more »
Image

Quickbooks Expert Rochelle Dejong: Outsourcing
With R&D, your bookkeeping can't get any easier! Just 3 easy steps: You will prepare for pick up by a member of our staff or documents can be scanned and uploaded to our secure...
Read more »
Image

College Admissions Expert Elizabeth Levine: Financial Aid Picture
Last week's Tuesday Talks With Liz spoke to defining your financial boundaries as the 1st leg to the 3 legged stool. This weeks Tuesday Talks With Liz defines the second leg,...
Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Features
Teen 2018
  • Oct 19, 2018

MOST COMMENTED



Warwick, NY