How to Have a Stress-Free Start to the School Year

How can it be back to school time already?

Dennis and I have had a fun summer with vacations, family excursions and making memories with our grandchildren.

Back when we were in school, summer vacation was from June to September. Now days, the break is generally only an 8-week reprieve.

I thought these three solutions for a Stress-Free Start to the School Year by Dr. Susie Wolbe could benefit some of you facing the back to school race.  She writes:

3 Solutions for a Stress-Free Start to the School Year

Tackle your biggest back-to-school problems before classes even begin.

The last weeks of summer—before the typical school-time scheduling overload begins—are a good time for families to evaluate what went right during the previous school year, and what could have gone more smoothly. Take a minute to think about those details in order to improve your planning for the year to come.

For your first step, make a “Family Mission Statement.” Write down what you want to accomplish this school year, both for your family as a whole and for each person individually, and discuss your top goals.

Do you want to spend more time eating dinner together? Does your son want to apply and get accepted to college this year? Would your daughter like to join the swim team? Or do the kids need less scheduling and more free time? These goals will help determine how you address some of the problems below.

Problem 1: Chaotic first days of school

The first few days are the hardest. Here are my tips for getting back on track after those lazy days of summer.

  • Modify your kids’ schedule during the two weeks before school starts. This means an earlier bedtime as well as an earlier wake-up time.
  • Review and revise your summer technology-use rules. Do they still apply now that school is starting?
  • Create a “charging station” in an area away from the kids’ rooms. (Beginning at a designated time each night, kids bring their devices and plug them in at that area—and screen time is over.  Plus, the devices are fully charged and ready for use the next day.)

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You are loved,

Debbie

 

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