Youth Alternatives shares helpful back to school tips

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (WYOMING NEWS NOW) -- OVERVIEW

1. Summer vacation has ended, and school has started. Going back to school can be both and exciting and stressful.

2. Change is always challenging and going back to school creates its own unique stresses for both parents and kids. The family has to adapt to a new time schedule, new cost, new emotional ups and downs and a variety of things.

3. It’s always helpful to be one step ahead of your kids. These tips might help you maintain your “cool” during all the shopping trips, parent orientations, and scheduling conflicts.

TIPS

1. Think Before You Commit.

· Don’t let your back to school enthusiasm get you in trouble. Both the school and your kids want a lot from you when they start school. Your kids want the designer jeans and shoes and the schools want you to help out. Do the best you can and don’t let your kids or the school make you feel guilty if you can’t buy everything or join everything.

· Before you over commit stop and think about the time commitment required. How will it affect the time you have to spend with your family, at your job, or just having fun. An overloaded parent is not a fun parent.

· Collect information about the various projects and only commit yourself after you have taken time to think about It.

2. Avoid Over-Scheduling Your Child

· We want our kids to be involved in school but be careful not to push your kids or let them push themselves into too many activities.

· We have to know our children because every child is different...even in the same family.

· Pay attention to how your children are responding to their schedule. Are they often avoiding school or complaining of not feeling well. A stressed child is no more fun than a stressed parent.

4. Establish Contact With Other Parents

· You’re not in this alone, other parents are worried and experiencing the same excitement and fears you are.

· Other parents can be a wonderful source of energy and information They can be a sounding board...you can share experiences and concerns about you children...you can share responsibilities like transportation and child care.

5. Positive Expectations

· Something about expecting good things from children brings out the best in them.

· When they see you believe in them it helps them believe in themselves