Yes, it’s official back-to-school (and homework, schedules, stress and more) season. But whether your child is returning to public or private school, whether you home-school or un-school, we suggest you take a few minutes to read — as in, actually read — these three articles to combat your own back-to-school stress.
- We all know the absolute BEST way to get kids to be instantly quiet is simply to ask, “What did you do today at school?” One of our all-time favorites, Christine Carter, author of Raising Happiness, has written a truly amazing article about actually getting kids to answer the question (and no, it doesn’t involve yelling, threats or bribes).
- Writer Melissa Fenton has some spot-on back-to-school ideas on how we parents need to back way, way off on everything from overly ambitious volunteering fantasies to preparing Pinterest-ready bento-box lunches. Read her piece for a great list of reminders (and a few laughs).
- With the return to school, many of us are bracing for a long nine months of friend drama that can overshadow school days. But we found this new research — about the incredible benefits of having just one good friend — to be highly reassuring.