Strong emotions and nerves go hand-in-hand with heading back to school; so NEWS10 gathered some tips to keep in mind for a smooth transition for parents and kids.
After being out of school and out of routine, for the past three months, heading back to school can be cause for some anxiety not only for kids, but for parents as well.
Mother of two and founder of SaratogaMama.com, Colleen Pierre, is getting ready to send her son Robbie off to kindergarten for the first time.
"It's a little bit emotional, I have to say," Pierre tells NEWS10. "Because sending him away for the whole day I have to worry about his behavior, I worry have I done the right things to prepare him for this experience."
Many parents say it's easy to get overwhelmed, especially when dealing with a new school, new teachers and a new schedule. But there are things families can do to help alleviate some of stress and help set your child up for success.
"Get kids into a routine several weeks before school, get them to bed at the proper time make sure dinner is on time," says pediatrician, Dr. Jim Saperstone. "All the haphazard of the summer should begin to go away a couple of weeks before school."
Dr. Saperstone also says families should plan ahead, and not leave all the back to school shopping until the last minute, which can always lead to more frustration.
Also, parents should do their best not to create more worry for their children, as back to school should be an exciting time for your kids.
"Kids pick up on everything, so if you're feeling as a mom really stressed and anxious overwhelmed, they are going to too," said Pierre. "It's supposed to be a positive experience so do your best to create that positive environment around the back to school time."
Pierre says SaratogaMama.com is a good outlet for parents to communicate about the stress and anxiety of back to school time. She says it's a good place to share ideas and ask questions to people going through similar situations.
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