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5 Tips to Beat ‘Back to School’ Stress

September is fast approaching and with the lovely month that signals the beginning of fall, there is one other thing that is on a lot of people’s minds. The beginning of school! If you look all around, you’ll see all shops with Back To School offers, Back To School clothing, accessories, the works, really. Even though it can be fun seeing displays and window shopping, the Back to School vibe can get a little stressful for your child and for you. Below are some tips to help you and your kid cope with the change of pace that starting a new school year brings.

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1. Getting Back On Track 

During the summer, your child’s daily schedule was, probably, a lot more relaxed than suing the school year and that’s perfectly OK. You child should be able to enjoy summer, play with his friends and enjoy the lovely time outside. Problem is, if you don’t start integrating a bit of organization into the child’s schedule before the school year starts, it can be a very rude wake up call for your kid to start respecting certain hours and following a set program. You can prevent this by talking to your child, creating a plan and explaining why everything is going to happen.

2. Communicate

The schedule isn’t the only thing that can cause stress. Regardless if it’s the first year of school or the fifth, your child can go through the stress of the unknown or of expecting certain things to happen. He or she can be nervous about popularity, bullying, being judged and so on. It’s important to have more than one conversation regarding these topics, to see exactly where the worries lie and to talk through them. Once they understand themselves why they feel what they feel and how to cope with it, they will be much more well equipped to handle the school environment.

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3. Get Involved

Your job as supporter does not end once school starts. Get involved and informed, what are the school policies, what is the dress code? What are the attitudes towards tardiness, bullying and any other action you can think of. Get involved in parent-teacher meetings to see different perspectives. While you are talking to your child, you get one side of the story, talking to your child’s teachers can reveal an entire hidden side of your child, that you can’t really see at home.

4. Request Help 

Family members and friends that also have children that are going to school can help with some questions that you have. If not, then there is also the vastness of the Internet, where you can find forums, books and articles lettign you know how to make the process of school easier and calmer for your child and for your family.

5. Be a Cheerleader

School years are very important, besides the formal education that your child receives, he or she will be spending more than half their time of their formative years in school, with friends, colleagues and maybe even a few bullies. You need to be there to support and to remind your child to have fun, take it one day at a time and to help your kid grow and mature.

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That is about it from us. What tips do you have for beating back-to-school stress?

♥ Roxie

Sources: Back To School Apples, Study Buddy, Fun Homework

Planning / Etiquette

So you want to plan a baby shower?

If you are reading through this article it means that somewhere, close to you, there’s a bun in the oven, that you want to celebrate. I think a couple of congrats are in order.

Whenever you are planning something you want the event to, of course, go smoothly, and you want to do that with as little stress as possible. Let me help you get started with these tips and tricks in planning a baby shower.

 People you invite:

The same rules that you use for your birthday party apply here. It goes without saying that you want your nearest and dearest beside you. Think about who you are happy to be around with and who you want to share this event with.

Showing that you care through sending a cute invite will help them get in the feeling of the baby shower and we have some suggestions that you can find here:

Baby Shower Invites

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Location:

It’s common to be able to hold a baby shower anywhere, really. It depends on what you want the atmosphere to be. Depending on what you want, you can hold it at home, in a very chill atmosphere, or find a nice coffee shop, cafe or even restaurant. Think of the size of the place, prices and how it fits with the theme of your baby shower.

 

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 Refreshments:

A baby shower usually lasts between 3 to 5 hours. In that time you talk, entertain, have different activities. People get thirsty and they get hungry. Think about having an open bar, with fruit juices, flavored water and drinks (for the ones who are not pregnant). With food, you can either go for an open bar or a set time when food can be served to the guests.

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Decorations:

Think about the theme of the baby shower and get decorations that deliver that theme. This doesn’t necessarily mean that if you have a circus theme you need to get a life-size elephant.

The best way to figure out what decorations to use is to think about the theme and see what words you connect it with. For example: Circus – Juggling – Clowns – Red, Gold, Silver. It’s easy and fun!

Ultimately, the baby shower should be your time to spend with friends and celebrate the new member of your little family circle. As long as you are happy, healthy and get to experience beautiful moments with your closest people, you are doing good.


♥ Roxie

 

Sources:

1. Garden &  Table Spread

2. Cupcakes & Candy Bar