By: Dr. Erica Wollerman
I know, it seems like summer just started, and here I am about to talk about how to help your family prepare effectively for the return to school. Life as a parent is just so relentless and definitely stressful. However, I would say that with some preparation and planning, the return to school can be at least slightly more smooth.
For many kids, they have a lot of mixed feelings about coming back to school. They are nervous, excited, happy, sad, scared, worried, and even may feel unprepared for this next phase. Perhaps it is a big transition that they are facing such as the move to kindergarten, middle school, high school, or college. Regardless, it can be tough as a parent to manage our feelings in the face of their at times overwhelming emotional experience in this process.
Regardless of your child's age, I wanted to share some ideas and strategies that might help you through this season of transition.
Even with these tips, the back-to-school phase can certainly be tricky to navigate as a parent. Try to have realistic expectations for your child and your family as a whole. The goal is to get through it and hopefully get to a place where you and your child feel comfortable with the new rhythm of life!
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