Kansas City, Missouri 2020-08-27 11:44:00 –
No matter how many back-to-school tips you’ve gathered over the years, the season somehow always manages to be stressful and a little bit hectic, right? “Transitions can be tough for kids,” Dr. Kristen Race, author of Mindful Parenting, tells Woman’s Day. “Even when they are excited about going to school, it is often mixed with feelings of angst about how they will fit in socially and academically. Plus, kids are often having to shift from the lazy, slow-moving summer morning to a get-up-and-get-out pace which can feel unsettling.”
And this year, with many families readying themselves for online learning, the usual stresses of back-to-school are amplified with the added stresses of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Anxiety in the household tends to increase around back-to-school time for both parents and kids,” Lori Gottlieb, parenting expert and therapist, tells Woman’s Day. But that added anxiety doesn’t have to become overpowering. Gottlieb says a key to overcoming it is through open communication between parents and children, especially when parents don’t attempt to solve all their kid’s problems but instead listen to how their kid is feeling.
Some clever moms and parenting pros are sharing their best back-to-school tips to help make your kids’ summer-to-school transition as smooth as possible. These brilliant ideas — from shopping tips to routine game-changers to genius hacks—will help the crew earn an A+ this semester and beyond.