Routine Can Alleviate Back-To-School Stress, Says Parenting Expert

1 September, 2011 at 16:15 | Posted in Body & Mind, Children | Leave a comment
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By Joan Delaney
Epoch Times Staff

The start of the school year can be a time of stress not only for kids but for their parents. A heightened end-of-summer workload and all the busyness around back-to-school can make life hectic or even overwhelming for some.

“At the beginning of the school year it’s usually a little more intense because we’re all going from a very relaxing summer to getting up early and having to be on a different routine that we’ve been off for a while,” says Beverly Cathcart-Ross, a parent educator, counsellor, and mother of four teenagers.

“We’re as happy as our least happy child,” she says. “Parents have their own sets of anxieties around their children going back to school or starting school, and if they sense their child’s stressed, they may be stressed as a result of that too.”

Cathcart-Ross says common stressors include anxiety around a child’s first day at school, separation issues, whether there will be a repeat of last year’s bullying, arguments over homework, and simply getting out of the house on time in the morning.

“There’s a tremendous amount of things that parents are thinking about at this time. And maybe the most common is, ‘It will be a nightmare getting out of the house in the morning.’”

To alleviate chaos and keep things organized, what is key for both mornings and evenings is having a set routine, she says.

“Kids actually do better when they can predict and anticipate what’s happening in their day. Children of four years of age or older are capable of contributing to decision-making and helping shape a routine for themselves.”

Read more: Routine Can Alleviate Back-To-School Stress, Says Parenting Expert | Life | Epoch Times.

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