Last week we talked about getting
our kids prepared for school. This week it's about Mom and Dad.
Going back to school isn't just stressful for the kids. What
about the parents, who took them shopping, helped them figure out their
schedule, cooked their breakfast, brushed away their tears when they
couldn't get the same class as their best friend and did all the things
that moms and dads do to help their kids succeed.
2. Change is always challenging and going back to school creates it's own unique stresses for both parents and kids. The family has to adapt to a new time schedule, new cost, new emotional ups and downs and a variety of things.
3. It's always helpful to be one step ahead of your kids. These tips might help you maintain a little TLC in your lives during all the shopping trips, parent orientations, and scheduling conflicts.
1. Think Before You Commit.
2. (LLL) Laugh, Listen and Let Go!
3. Connect With Other Parents
1.Think Before You Commit.
• Don't let your back to school enthusiasm get you in trouble. Both the school and your kids want a lot from you when they start school. Your kids want the designer jeans and shoes and the schools want you to help out. Do the best you can and don't let your kids or the school make you feel guilty if you can't buy everything or join everything.
•Before you over-commit stop and think about the time commitment required. How will it effect the time you have to spend with your family, at your job, or just having fun. An overloaded parent is not a fun parent.
•Collect information about the various projects and only commit yourself after you have taken time to think about It.
and Let Go!
•Listen to your body and your heart! Sometimes we don't pay attention to what our heart and body are telling us. When your tired...get some rest; When your hungry...eat some food. Don't be afraid to take some time for yourself.
•Let Go of what's not important! Some things don't deserve your energy. It's ok to not react to every thing.
•Laugh as often as you can! We forget the power of humor. I love the line in a song that says a smile is just a frown turned upside down.
3.Connect With Other Parents
•Your not in this alone, other parents are worried and experiencing the same excitement and fears you are.
•Other parents can be a wonderful source of energy and information They can be a sounding board...you can share experiences and concerns about you children...you can share responsibilities like transportation and child care