Back To School Tactics: 10 Stress Free Tips

ack to school adjustments; Get a handle on social media, meals and meditation

By RUTH YOUNG TYLER (Open Post) - August 2, 2016 1:31 pm ET

 Before the yellow school buses start their engines and the school bell rings, here are 10 tips to help students and families prepare for a smoother transition to head back to school.

1. Daily Devotional/Meditation

Before you rush into the day and encounter all of the demands that your family and rest of the world require of you, physically, mentally, financially, emotionally and spiritually, prepare yourself for the day. Wake up 30 minutes earlier before your family and pray, read a daily devotional/positive affirmations or a book of meditations. A few recommendations are: Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado, Day By Day with James Allen by Vic Johnson, Prayers that Avail Much by Germaine Copeland, The Holy Bible, The Qur’an or your book of practicing doctrine based upon your religious affiliation.

2. Morning exercise stimulates mental acuity

Several studies conducted in the United States suggests a myriad of benefits for students (and adults) who exercise in the morning resulting in better academic performance, an increase in concentration and energy levels, just to name a few. For years, other countries have adopted the regimen of exercise before the start of the school day and it has proved to be highly successful.

3. Organize

Meals- Healthy, nutritious, delicious meals will keep your entire family happy. Pack everyone’s lunch the night before. Prepare dinner in a Crockpot. During school nights, don’t adopt the title of “short order chef.” Plan and shop in advance while following a family menu. Preparing casseroles and meats in advance will eliminate the stress of answering the question, “What are we having for dinner?”

Clothes – After drying the laundry, fold or place the clothes on hangers and place them in the drawers or in the closet. Identify and iron clothes the night before. Looking for socks and undergarments in the morning can slow you down.

School supplies – Read the school supply list provided by the school and purchase in advance while anticipating the items for science projects.

4. Wellness & Physical Check-ups – Have you ever noticed when mom has the flu or gets sick, the rest of the family seems to walk around in a daze? Before the first day of school have your child boost his/her immune systems with nutritional supplements, at minimum vitamin C. Consult with your primary care physician to address your family’s needs and concerns.

5. Talk positive with your child/children- Leading up to the first day of school there will be an increase level of anxiety, excitement and “butterflies.” Positive self-talk about the new school, experiences, meeting new friends and seeing the old ones will put your child/children at ease. Continue the communication throughout the school-year. Giving each child their one-on-one time is essential in building their self-esteem and managing social issues.

6. Homework/School Projects- Identify a well-lighted area in your home to complete assignments and special projects or go to the library.

7. Plan car maintenance – Maintain the fluids in your vehicle. Go to the gas station and check car’s tire pressure the night before so that your vehicle is ready for the commute the following morning.

8. Connect with teachers – Develop good communication (face-to-face, phone, email) with your child/children’s teachers to enhance the learning experience and to share any concerns. Avoid communicating with teachers on any social media platform including, Facebook, Twitter, Oovoo, or facetime to discuss your child’s academic performance. Consider a surprise visit to the school. Be an active part of the school’s PTA by attending the meetings. Students whose parents are actively involved with their child’s/children’s education are more likely to be engaged and at times, be given preference by the teachers and/or administrators.

9. Stay engaged– When you are engaged with the educational process, school activities and fundraising events, you will not be blind-sided with the unexpected.

10. Social media vigilance – There are a several social media outlets that we have access to. Parents should be aware of each of them and monitor their child’s/children’s activity on the computer, iPad and their smartphones. Be sure that the school your child is attending, whether public or private, has the appropriate computer blocks from websites that may be deemed inappropriate to help protect the children from the wiles of the world wide web.

You don’t have to be superwoman or superman in accomplishing these tasks. The maxim still holds true: “Many hands make light work.” Everyone in the household can take on some of the responsibilities to make for a smooth transition prior to and during the school year to help relieve the stress.

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