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The Joy Of Back To School

Oct 9, 2007
It may well be the most wonderful time of the year, but going back to school can also be one of the most stressful as the press for getting all of the latest in terms of supplies and cool clothes or toys can make the rush into a never-ending siege of standing in line and fighting for products. You can make this process easier, however, and can turn the rush of back to school into a few more precious weeks of relaxation and fun for the end of your summer.

Going back to school means that your kids will either need to get into new routines or settle back into some of the old ones. Your children are probably used to staying up a bit later in the summer and that's okay, but you will need to set up a sleeping pattern that will help them get ready to wake up at an earlier hour for school. Try practicing a sleeping routine a few days before the first day of school to get your kids into the process of waking up a bit earlier and getting ready quicker in the mornings.

You'll want to point your kids in the direction of something positive for going back to school. Try to get them to think about the new friends they're likely to make or about some of the new things they'll learn. Lots of kids like sharing details from their summer vacation with friends or a favorite teacher, so you can emphasize this before they go back so that they have more to look forward to.

Part of getting your kids excited for back to school includes taking them shopping. Try not to overdo it, of course, but let your kids have some fun picking out some new clothes and school supplies for the year. You'll want to go a little bit earlier than most people to beat the crowds, so check your local stores for special sales during the summer and try to get your kids excited about checking out all the cool new stuff.

Some kids get nervous about going back to school because they don't know what to expect. You can help prepare them for the events and excitement of the upcoming year by giving them a sneak preview of the upcoming year. Take your kids to school a few days in advance and introduce them to their new teacher. If possible, your school may help your kids connect with new classmates ahead of time, too, so that your kids have the opportunity to get to know them before the bell rings.

All in all, the key to surviving back to school and getting your kids safely out the door and into new routines is to be prepared for what is to come. If you can slip into the shopping mall undetected and beat the pre-September rush, you're already ahead of the game. If, on the other hand, you are stressing out over getting your kids back into the swing of things, chances are your kids will be stressed and nervous too. Try to relax, take it slow and carefully plan the process of getting your kids back to school.
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