I can't believe it's already August! My mailbox is flooded with the dreaded back-to-school sales. My wife and I are frantically scrambling to get in one last weekend trip with the kids before we succumb to the demands of the school calendar. Just thinking about back-to-school is stressing me out, and I graduated college back in '96.
There are several ways to manage the back-to-school stress that we all feel as parents. First things first: Enjoy the remainder of the summer! There are still several weeks of no school to plan a weekend getaway or day trip to a water park, zoo, camping or the beach. Talk to your kids and ask them if there is something special that they'd like to do before school starts. Have a family meeting, brainstorm some ideas, set a date and do it.
Next, while you are running around trying to buy back-to-school clothes and school supplies, you might want to keep in mind a few important suggestions to help ease the transition from the summer schedule to the school schedule. To begin with, establish routines and be organized, communicate with your partner and children, and review and revisit what worked and didn't work for your family last year.