Tips for easy back into school


Back to school time can be incredibly stressful for families. The transition from easy summer into an academic year with its tight schedule and never ending demands can overwhelm. The expenses add up – supplies, clothes – and time slips away. What can you do to control and reduce the anxiety for your family?

“Returning to work after a vacation, transitioning your children to a new school, even fighting a busier rush hour as schools reopen, can all contribute to an increased stress level,” said psychologist Dr. Ron Palomares, APA Help Center.

Shop early for supplies

Most schools send out supply lists along with registration paperwork. Buy now or take the time to shop around and find the best deals. Fill out that registration paperwork as well. We have loads of it for every grade. In California we are also expected to put together and earthquake kit. Shopping for thermal blankets and night sticks can be challenging so it’s best to start early.

Shop the sales

Same with school clothes. Take inventory and know what your child needs. Look for deals since most department stores are putting their stuff on sale hoping to get your attention and your dollars. School uniforms and PE clothes can also be purchased in advance. Look online for deals from major vendors.

Watch the clock

Create a schedule. Write a priority list and calendar all your to do items. Stick with the plan. Create a schedule for your children as well. Brush up on multiplication or first reading skills.

Relax; it’s all going to be ok

Then relax and realize that everything can be fixed and there is always time to catch up. If the teacher gets her box of Kleenex and Clorox Wipes a few days late, it’s not going to be the end of the world. And don’t for get to celebrate making it through that first week. Everyone deserves a treat!


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