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Dear Parents...

We all know that back to school time is super stressful for parents. Once you’ve registered them for classes and escorted them to take the dreaded yearbook photo, then comes the intense first-day preparations. You just have to get all the right supplies, like that super cute Nick Jonas notebook, or that awesome backpack with the headphone jack and attached water bottle. Don’t even get us started on that first day outfit that they will only wear one time.

Once you’ve gotten them all ready to go and you’ve gone about $100 over budget, you get breathe easy, right? Unfortunately, probably not. You know exactly where they are and that they’ll be safe, but that’s often not enough for parents. You want to know all about their new classes, teachers, and peers, but you don’t want to overdo it and turn into an embarrassing helicopter parent.

It’s probably best just to wait for that parent-teacher conference, huh? NOPE! We have some great tips for you that will answer all of your questions, keep your child on track, and help guide you through the ups and downs of the school year.

Fun Fact: 67% of kids in the U.S. actually enjoy going to school! You're probably way more stressed out about it than they are.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Meet the Teacher

Breaking the ice and establishing a connection is a great way to start the school year and ensure that you and your child will have the support you need.

2. Tour the School

If your child’s school hosts an open house, make sure to pencil this in to your schedule. Familiarizing yourself and your child with the school will help with the first day nerves…for both of you!

3. Connect with Friends

Refreshing the relationship with a familiar face can make all the difference when heading back to school.

4. Tool Up

Even though it can be difficult to walk past the $0.50 notebooks and folders, allowing your child to “splurge” on a couple items can make going back to school a lot more fun. We all remember dying for that one particular item. Trapper Keeper’s and Garbage Pail Kids anyone?

5. Chat about Today’s and Tomorrow’s Events

Routines, rituals, and structure are just as important for your kiddos as they are for you. Make sure to stay in the loop without overwhelming them or yourself.

6. Be Open and Flexible!

Let’s be honest here, kids aren’t too thrilled about bringing issues to their parents, but if they need to… be there and be aware. Try to give them as much support as possible without judgement or lectures. You used to have the same worries!

7. Adequate Sleep + Healthy Eating = A Great Year!

There is nothing better for your child's brain than a full night's rest and a tummy full of nutritious food!

Guidelines from PBS.

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