The transition from summer to fall is a time of big changes, with the kids returning to school topping the list of major stressors for many families.
Last fall, we shared a couple of helpful videos that parent educator and child life coach Laurel Crossley put together for kids experiencing anxiety around going back to school, one geared to parents and one geared to the kids themselves.
But what do you do when you, as the parent, find yourself getting stressed out or anxious during the first few weeks of the kids being back at school? Lunches have to be made, kids need to get enough sleep, extracurricular activities needs to be juggled, homework can be stressful, and the list goes on and on. In conversations with other parents, it seems parental back-to-school anxiety is wide-spread and seems to be a particularly common phenomenon among parents of children with special needs (myself included.)
Well, Laurel has put together a video just for us, filled with practical and helpful tips to support parents who are stressed out with the transition back-to-school. Enjoy!
For more helpful tips from Laurel, be sure to check out her article about signs of stress and anxiety in tweens and how parents can help, and visit her at opti-mom.ca. You can also find Laurel on Twitter as @optimom.
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)