It’s Back-to-School Time: Are You Ready?

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By Christi Morales-Kumasawa

One day you’re sipping an umbrella drink on a gorgeous, sunny beach. Next thing you know, the sound of a back-to-school shopping ad taunts you from a radio nearby. Caught off guard, you cough and nearly snort up some of your drink. You’re jolted back to reality: thinking about all the things you have to do before the first day of school and how summer is going by too fast.

Does this sound familiar? I know it does to me. Maybe not the gorgeous beach part. However, I can definitely relate to working myself into a tizzy about school stuff.

You see, my son will be going to preschool for the first time this Fall, so this is all so new to me. I know I’m not alone when I see the hundreds of articles online about dealing with first day of school anxiety for kids — and parents.

Of course, not all parents get caught up in the back-to-school anxiety trap. Whether you fit into that group or not, one thing is for sure: preparing your child for school means to-do lists get a lot longer, and once school starts, life gets exponentially busier.

Instead of a one-size-fits-all post, I decided to put something together that would address a variety of issues: so, here are some articles that might be helpful as you prepare for the new school year.

Back-to-School:

Back to School: A Parent’s Checklist

http://www.parentfurther.com/blog/back-to-school-checklist-for-parents

Back to School: Printable Checklists

http://school.familyeducation.com/back-to-school/school/34528.html

Ease Back to School Stress

http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/10799-ease-back-to-school-stress

Back-to-School Worries

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/growing-friendships/201108/back-school-worries

The Developmental Psychologist’s Back-to-School Shopping List http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-brain-childhood/201208/the-developmental-psychologists-back-school-shopping-list

10 Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Elementary School Aged Kids

http://www.parentfurther.com/10-back-school-tips-parents-elementary-school-aged-kids

Preschool & Kindergarten:

How to Prepare Your Child For Preschool

http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-prepare-your-child-for-preschool_64536.bc

7 Preschool Worries…and How to Deal

http://www.education.com/magazine/article/school-newbies-preschool-parent-guide/

Preschool Struggles

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/stages-milestones/preschool-struggles

20 Tips for Parents from Preschool Teachers

http://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/20-tips-for-parents-from-preschool-teachers/

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/816-get-ready-for-kindergarten

Social Graces: What to Expect in Kindergarten

http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Social_Graces_Kindergarten/

Kindergarten Academics

http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/861-kindergarten-academics-what-to-expect

Elementary…and Beyond:

Read Your Way Through the Holidays: Build Elementary Language Skills http://www.parentfurther.com/blog/holiday-reading-tips

Preparing Your Child for Elementary School

http://www.onetoughjob.org/child-care/school/preparing-your-child-for-elementary-school

Keep Your Middle Schooler Organized

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/thinking-about-kids/201201/keep-your-middle-schooler-organized

The Happy Teen

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decisions-teens-make/201207/the-happy-teen

Bully Proof Your Child

http://www.stressfreekids.com/5902/bully-proof-child

Snapchat and Teenagers: What Parents Need to Know

http://www.parentfurther.com/blog/snapchat-and-teenagers

Interesting Articles:

Boys and Girls Learn Differently

http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/10800-boys-and-girls-learn-differently

Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/01/why-parents-need-to-let-their-children-fail/272603/

Are Parents Setting Up Their Kids for Failure by Pushing Too Hard for Success?

https://shine.yahoo.com/team-mom/parents-setting-kids-failure-pushing-too-hard-success-205500908.html

Parenting: Who is More Powerful — Technology or Parents?

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-power-prime/201208/parenting-who-is-more-powerful-technology-or-parents

What is in Your Discipline Toolbox?

http://www.wafamilyengagement.org/articles/what-is-in-your-discipline-toolbox-115.html?vf_url=what-is-in-your-discipline-toolbox-115

 When Christi isn’t out chasing her 3-year-old son Kenji, she tries to squeeze in writing and other freelance media projects. At present, she freelances as a reporter with ABS-CBN International and shades Magazine (an Ezine) as an editor. She has a background in news reporting and hopes to contribute meaningful, informative articles to the SCBMC newsletter.