As a parent, you not only have to worry about getting yourself to work during the school year but now have more schedules than ever to juggle and your kids need your help as well. While we certainly don’t have the answers or a magic wand that you can wave and make it all easy and joyous, we do have some ideas that might help make back to school less stressful.
The morning rush to get to school is the first stress. What can you do the night before to be ready or have your child ready to walk out the door?
Destress Back to School – Start the night before
- Lunches – Make and pack lunches the night before, older kids can pack their own. Put all the lunches on the same refrigerator shelf every day. No rummaging to look for things at the last minute. If your kids get school lunches, make sure their money or vouchers are in their backpacks.
- Homework – Check to be sure homework is done
- Prepack – Make sure that the homework is in the backpack along with everything else needed for the coming day. (except for lunch which should be in the refrigerator on a pre-designated shelf.).
- Showers – Take showers the night before.
- Clothing – Lay out clothes, socks, shoes and eliminate the dreaded “Mom, I can’t find my shirt, shoes….” cry we are all so familiar with.
In the Morning
- TV – Don’t turn on the TV in the morning. Television can be very distracting for children and any free time will be much better spent on more mindful activities like puzzles, coloring or reading, flash cards or other passive activities which will also help to ease them into the learning mode.
- Backpacks & Lunches – Designate a spot to keep backpacks and lunch boxes and any other school belongings. Don’t forget a place for important notices and information sent home for you. This can be a bulletin board, box, basket or other space where all notices and forms go.
- Breakfast – Don’t forget a breakfast that includes some protein. Obviously, anything with sugar will get them out the door with a smile on their faces, but an hour later, the brain and body will be tired and not interested in teaching or learning so be sure to choose foods that are tasty and have some protein as well to keep their brains alert. See more ideas in the article for parents.
- Snacks – Energies may lag during the day; a bag of almonds makes a great snack for mid-morning or mid-afternoon to keep energy levels up.
Night Time – Getting a good night’s rest can be challenging
- Bedtime – Re-establish bedtime and mealtime routines before school starts up. Prepare your children for this change by talking to them about the benefits of these routines to help them be well-rested and not overwhelmed by all the activities.
- Getting into bed 30 minutes earlier than usual can allow for a rested, peaceful night. Can you read to your children during this time, or if they are older can they read to themselves? Try to make bedtime as relaxed as possible. Or could this be a time where your child can tell you all about their day at school? Spending a little quiet time with Mom or Dad may help with some of the bedtime resistance as well. This goes for teenagers as well as the younger kids.
What about EMF at night?
- Put your WIFI on a timer. A lamp timer can plug into the socket, and then you plug the wifi into the timer. Turn off WiFi at night and have it come on in the morning using the timer. WiFi at night can disrupt normal development in children and the restoration process in adults.
- Turn off cell phones and computers 3 hours before bed – Studies have shown that the electromagnetic radiation stimulation disrupts sleep. Turning these things off prior to going to bed allows nervous systems to calm down, and promotes better sleep. If there is a computer in the room, turn it off at night.
- Protect yourself and your children from sources of electromagnetic radiation at school. Schools are filled with Wi-Fi and other sources of EMF pollution which can affect performance, behavior and even be a factor in ADD/ADHD and autism.
- Reduce cell phone usage – Children’s brains are VERY sensitive as they are developing! It’s been shown than just a 2-minute conversation on a cell phone will produce a disruption in attention for up to 2 hours for children who are 10 years old or younger. Using their phone during any point of the school day can lower their school performance!!
- If your child is very young, we strongly recommend that they use their cell phone only for emergencies – or the quick call to be picked up by a parent. Suggest they text you instead of calling you. At least the phone will be farther from their head.
What tools will help?
- Lower the EMF Impact by putting the WaveShield on your cell phone.
- For WiFi at School: Get them a Level 1 Shield and have them loop it around a belt loop and keep it in a pocket all day. Or pin it into a pocket. If they are too young, keep it within 3 feet of their bed at night, and it will maintain the protective “cocoon” all day while they are in school.
- Teenagers who are especially sensitive to energy may benefit more from a Level 2 Shield.
- Focusing Shields – If your child (or you) is dealing with ADD or ADD/ADHD, we have an ADD/ADHD Shield that is designed to keep the wearer focused on the task at hand. Many parents have tried this with their children, with excellent results.(Note: with our 90 day-money-back-guarantee, you have nothing to lose.We offer free photo consultations if you’re not sure which Shield to get or your child has special issues.).
Should you be concerned about EMF?
Is your child affected by the electronics they use? Get an EMF exposure score – recommendations on how to protect your children!!
Are they sensitive – take the HSP quiz for them and get more coping tips
Read some of our other Back To School Articles for more tips
- Back to School the Easy Way with Some Coping Strategies
- Tips for Over-Stressed ParentsCoping Skills for Teachers
- Kid’s Headaches Increase at Back-so-school Time
- Back to School Can Be Dangerous – Especially for College Students