Loretta is a DIY and lifehack enthusiast always researching on better productivity and management methods to make life easier and stressfree
According to the New York Post, several surveys that have been conducted show that back to school shopping is a major source of stress and anxiety for parents. This stress is mostly associated with rising school costs and back to school shopping.
If you are like me, you like to put it out of your mind for the sake of rest of mind till its time, and if you are not like me, you are probably worrying a lot and losing sleep worrying about your child and all the back to school issues that comes with resumption.
However, I think that the key to overcoming this major parental hurdle is to start planning as soon as you can. When you have an outline of what needs to be done or bought, you would be more inclined to relax and worry less. And when you start packing, arranging and buying, it would be done in an orderly manner devoid of last-minute rush and forgetfulness.
When you have gotten and packed everything you child (ren) needs to resume school, you would be in a much more relaxed state of mind, start getting enough sleep and eating healthy. This isn’t just for parents, teens and other adults need quality sleep in order to function properly and doing what needs to be done at the right time will help prevent stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation or insomnia.
Here is a step by step breakdown to help you combat and get through the back-to-school stress in both you and your children.
Start Early and Plan!
Starting early is always a good idea. Make a schedule and list of everything that needs to be done and bought. You’ve most likely received the helpful list of supplies needed by your child from the school.
If you didn’t receive the list, you should check online for a detailed breakdown of every grade supplies, or you could call or email the school about it.
If your child is a first-timer or starting a new school, it would be a good idea to visit the school and this would help your child feel more comfortable in this strange new place.
Armed with your schedule and list, you can tick off itineraries that have been concluded and be reminded of the others that need to be done so you don’t forget something important and leave your child embarrassed about something you forgot to do.
Back-to-school shopping can be a hurdle, this could be due to financial or time constraints. Depending on the personality of your child shopping for supplies could be a quick and breezy task if your child doesn’t care for shopping – or not if your child likes to choose, compare and conquer. It could also be a fun time for you both to spend more time together before they get busy with school.
So, with your schedule and list, you have the option of online shopping which would be easy as your child makes choices from a range of options that you can both deliberate about before it goes in the shopping cart. With this, shopping could be completed in a timely manner so it reduces your stress and removes last-minute rush.
Talk and Stay Positive!
Talking always helps to unburden the mind. According to several surveys, back to school shopping is not the only source of anxiety for parents. Parents also worry about rising school costs, as well as the health and wellbeing of their children while they are at school.
To relieve stress and anxiety brought on by the new school year preparation, and other concerns you may be having, you can talk to your child about what they are feeling. Get your child’s perspective on school, and other topics as well as peer pressure, bullies, etc. to help you reach a decision about your worries and open communication with your child.
You should make sure to always keep a positive mind because children pick up on parent’s stress as well. If your child expresses some negative feelings about going back to school, while you might sympathize with them, you can steer them back to see the positive and help calm their own stress and anxiety as well. Remind them of their friends, their favorite school activities or subjects, etc.
You should always remember that the start of a school year can be a challenging time for both children and parents, so in order to deal with the back to school issues, you need to prepare yourself both mentally and logistically for smooth sailing. When you are prepared, you know what to expect and you are ready and unbothered instead of anxious and stressed.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Loretta Osakwe Awosika