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: A Parent’s Checklist
Back to School: Printable Checklists
Ease Back to School Stress
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
Preschool & Kindergarten:
How to Prepare Your Child For Preschool
7 Preschool Worries…and How to Deal
20 Tips for Parents from Preschool Teachers
Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Social Graces: What to Expect in Kindergarten
Read Your Way Through the Holidays: Build Elementary Language Skills http://www.parentfurther.com/blog/holiday-reading-tips
Preparing Your Child for Elementary School
Keep Your Middle Schooler Organized
The Happy Teen
Bully Proof Your Child
Snapchat and Teenagers: What Parents Need to Know
Boys and Girls Learn Differently
Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail
Are Parents Setting Up Their Kids for Failure by Pushing Too Hard for Success?
Parenting: Who is More Powerful — Technology or Parents?
What is in Your Discipline Toolbox?