When summer winds down, it’s time to get ready for a new school year. Buying school supplies is the easy part but the less tangible things you can do will help your family go back to school stress free.
This quick guide is designed to institute a stress free approach for the new school year!
Tip number one, look in the Sunday newspaper for sales on groceries, school supplies, shoes and clothes. REMEMBER COUPONS! Look for discounts online, groupons and any available price reductions you can find for the purchases you need. Go through your closets and re-access what can be refurbished. We know the first two weeks is all you have to worry about for the children with brand new items. After, the initial first couple of weeks start working in the old wardrobe with the new purchases.
Tip number two put the entire family on a time out. This means starting early with winding down by turning off the television, say your prayers and go to bed. This allows the entire family to get ready for the new schedule. Make it fun read a few bed time stories, talk about the good old days and bore them to death but get in bed. Set a new bed time schedule and stick to it Monday through Thursday. Good rest habits make life easier for everyone in the family.
Tip numbers three make an established study time and follow-up with your children every day for a good start for the new school year. Ask them about their day, use this time to share current events. Make a commitment to keep this time schedule for the entire school year. If by chance you the parents are back in school or taking a few online classes use this time to join in on the fun. If you are not in school take this time to read the newspaper or your latest novel but turn off the television, cell phones and the internet to connect with your family for a set study time. This pre-arranged time is especially important for those families who do not have set family meal times. You owe your family at least one hour each day for homework time. This time can also help single parent’s to bond with your family is not a lot of time but it can make a world of difference.
Tip number four use exercise and have family playtime to help manage stress and anxiety. Kick the kids out of the house get your family moving away from the electronics. Fresh air and body movement really help manage stress and all Americans have high levels of stress. Even 15 minutes of jumping jacks and rope on the porch on a regular basis is helpful.
Tip number five develop a support group with your Church, family, friends, other parents at your children’s school and neighbors. This is especially important for working parents and single parents to have someone who can always help get to your children in case of an emergency. Support groups are good for sharing ideas, passing along too small cloths and keeping up with events.
Remember at the end of the day your family is all you really have! So put them first and scheduling a couple of hours each day for them is really not a big deal. Use structure and organization to stay on schedule for the entire nine months and I promise you will see a big difference. GOOD LUCK!