August 11 2015

Stress Mitigating Tips for Parents of Children Heading Back to School

By: Rich Hosford

Well, we’re into August, so as much as we would like to deny it, the summer is winding down. That means the stores are starting to put out the pencils, pens, backpacks, trapper keepers and other supplies the kids need to be ready for school. 

Heading back to school, and especially heading to the classroom for the first time, can be very stressful for children. This makes dropping of the kids a stressful moment for parents. 

A recent entry in the Memorial School Blog addressed this annual issue. 

“Some kids will start the year off easily, breezing into the classroom with a quick goodbye — but after a few days (or even weeks) — cling as you try to leave,” it reads. “Others will enter the building only under protest from day one. Then there are those who rush off to school with great enthusiasm but meltdown the instant you pick them up. Others may get stomachaches, or have difficulty falling asleep. Some may even experience going to school as a rejection, particularly if a younger sibling stays home with a parent or caregiver.”

These reactions from students are as difficult for parents as they are for their children, but parents must take steps to help the transition to the school year. 


“Parents as well need to let go, learn to trust the teachers, and support their children’s independent experience. And they need to recognize that their children may not approach school and learning the way they did,” says Michael Thompson, Ph.D. author of “The Pressured Child.”

To help parents in this endeavor, Memorial School has posted a number of helpful links to guides and tips for parents on a variety of back-to-school subjects, including what to do before school starts, the first day of school, settling in, separation anxiety and more. 

Click here to check it out

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