NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2012) - Back-to-school often means back-to-business for parents and kids alike, but this can also mean increased stress levels when stress is already at an all-time high for American families. According to a recent survey, 85 percent of teens say they're stressed and many say it's affecting their schoolwork. To help manage family stress, education and parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba is sharing her top tips for keeping everyone stress-free and organized in the new school year.
"There are simple habits that parents can adopt to help reduce stress, both for themselves and for their children during the school year," says Dr. Borba. "Follow these easy tips to ensure the school year is a success for all members of the family."
Dr. Michele Top Tips for a Stress-Proof School Year
Create a Family Command Center
- Create a dedicated hub for the entire family that includes several key elements. "One central calendar is crucial to keeping everyone on track and remembering appointments," says Dr. Borba. A shared family calendar is the most important component, and using a different color for each family member is easy and makes it so visual! The Post-it Super Sticky Full Adhesive Notes are wonderful for this because they have a full adhesive back, so they stay longer, but can be removed cleanly and reposted as schedules change or for making sure someone sees your reminder. The Family Command Center should also include a white board for sharing messages and a convenient place to store everyone's important documents.
Keep Spirits High
- Help promote positive feelings within the family by discussing what's happening each day while around the dinner table, and by posting handwritten notes of encouragement around the house or in your children's lunchboxes, says Dr. Borba. Research also shows that praising your child's hard work and efforts rather than the desired outcome enhances their achievement. For example, aim to give more words of encouragement commending your children on time spent studying for a big test rather than the actual score they receive on that test.
Become Familiar with Specific Stress-Reduction Techniques
- Every person handles stress in different ways, especially when it comes to kids and teenagers. Dr. Borba recommends helping your children pinpoint habits and activities that help them reduce stress, and set aside time to do these activities with them. Your teenage daughter may respond positively to yoga classes as a form of stress relief, while the long, deep breaths required to blow bubbles can be calming for many young children.
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