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


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

Back-to-School Worries

The Developmental Psychologist’s Back-to-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

Preschool Struggles

20 Tips for Parents from Preschool Teachers

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Social Graces: What to Expect in Kindergarten

Kindergarten Academics

Elementary…and Beyond:

Read Your Way Through the Holidays: Build Elementary Language Skills

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

Interesting Articles:

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?

 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.