Mentally Prepping Your Kid (and you) For Back to School

In some houses, August starts the home stretch that culminates with the end of summer and going back to school. For parents, this home stretch involves one of two potential points of view. One viewpoint involves the stress and horror of having to deal with getting your child to school every day, picking them up, the homework, the studying, the bickering, the general drama and bullshit that can be junior high and high school, all the while trying to balance your own life, responsibilities and needs. The other viewpoint involves the parents doing a complete and total Irish jig at the mere thought of getting their children back into a structured routine and out of their hair and finally getting their life back. For the latter group, Labor Day can actually signify the true beginning of their summer break. Regardless of which point of view you subscribe to, back to school involves change and with any change there can be stress. I just stumbled across a good article on psychcentral.org titled Back to School: Getting Your Child’s Mental Health in Shape for a Great Start to the School Year by Heather Gilmore, LLMSW.  The are some very helpful tips and ideas in here and worth paying attention to. Some of the concepts she covers are the need for additional sleep, getting your kids back into thinking mode, dealing with focus issues, and not procrastinating and waiting till the last minute.  It is worth a read. Check it out here:

Back to School: Getting Your Child’s Mental Health in Shape for a Great Start to the School Year

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