As a parent, you have your own schedule and work to worry about, plus making sure your kids get to where they are supposed to be, get their home work done, do well in school, socialize…..it’s a seemingly never-ending list.
Pre-planning can reduce stress and help you ease into the day. It’s easy to be so overwhelmed by it all that it’s hard to focus on what steps to take. Before you know it you are fully embroiled in stress. Here are just a few ideas we hope will help you have a more relaxed school year.
- Shield Yourself – On an airplane, they tell you to take care of yourself first. If you aren’t okay, you aren’t able to help your kids. Take care of your energy field by keeping out draining EMF, other people’s stress and balancing your energy.
- Take this test to see if you are your child are emotionally sensitive.
- Coping issues – Does your child have difficulties coping? Try help them develop some coping strategies. Are they overly sensitive? You might consider getting them a BioShield. Read this story about a girl who’s school day went from being an emotional train wreck to a delight.
- Breakfast – Try planning breakfast the night before. Here’s a great hack – put oatmeal and water in a pot and let it soak all night. It cooks fast in the morning and is well received with fruit, nuts and any type of milk (rice, coconut, almond or dairy). Another technique is to have hard-boiled eggs ready in case the morning gets away from you! Or fruited yogurt or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
- Evening meals – Again – de-stress with a little pre-planning. Freeze a few healthy, easy dinners to ease meal preparation. This allows you more time with the kids during that first week or two of school. Discussing the day during dinner can be very helpful for everyone.
- Scheduling – Don’t over schedule extracurricular activities. Research shows that children benefit from unscheduled play time as well, using play to develop valuable skills.
- Communication – Send a short note to teachers letting them know you would like regular feedback on how your child is doing. Ask the teachers to let you know if they prefer to communicate by email or phone and give them your contact information and your preferred method of contact.
- Talk to Teachers – If your child had a tough year last year either academically, or emotionally, share this information with the teachers and administration. Confirm that any issues involving teasing or bullying have been addressed. You can now reassure your child that this year will be better because you and the teachers will be working together.
- Emergencies and carpooling – Pre-plan backup help for carpooling, after-school activities or emergency situations. If you already have a list of people you can call on for help, you can more easily deal with last minute changes. You don’t have to do it all alone, find other parents whose children are one the same schedule and take turns. You’ll relish the break.
- Take time out for yourself. I used to love getting up about a half hour before anyone else in the morning. I had a quiet time to plan for the day, drink my coffee and even read in peace. Instead of dashing head first into the day, I felt more calm and prepared. It was worth giving up that little bit of sleep.
We hope you and your children have a great year filled with learning, connecting with new and old friends, and lots of fun.
Read some of our other Back To School Articles for more tips
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