Back to School: Working Parents Beat the Stress!

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Between parent and kid stress, back to school season can just be full of a wide range of dramatics! The back to school season just brings on a case of nerves for kids and a case of having to get everything done for parents. There are many stressors that come into play when back to school season hits, but it doesn’t have to be a bowl full of chaos. Learn to implement some of these tips as a means to survive back to school season stress-free.

Establish a Routine Now
It doesn’t matter if Summer is not quite over yet, start to establish a back to school routine now so the kids are prepared for what is going to be expected come school season. Think about bedtime routines, electronic limitations and other rules you want followed during the school year. Discuss with the kids your need to ensure they practice this back to school routine now so that there is less stress for everyone in the family come back to school time.

Split Responsibilities Up in Household
Stop doing everything for your kids! Working parents have more to juggle than the typical stay at home parent who can focus 100% on raising kids and back to school needs. It’s time to step up and give the other members in your household some responsibilities. Learn to divvy up the household duties between kids and your spouse to ensure you are not stressing out when returning home from work. Older kids can make their own lunches and most kids can help with basic household chores by age 5.

Setup an Exercise Routine
Exercise is a great way to reduce stress; if you are a working parent then your stress goes beyond the four walls you call home. Try to establish a short daily exercise routine and stick to it. This will help keep your mind positive and energy high enough to stay firm with the routine and responsibility shares you set up as a means to alleviate stress.

Let the Kids Ride the Bus
As a working parent you need to think about what you can let go of. Maybe you are starting to stress out about having to pick the kids up at school or dropping them off. If you can balance the day by bringing the kids to school but having them ride the bus home; this is a great way of alleviating stress while placing some more responsibility on your kids. Certainly a win/win for all involved!

Do you work? What do you find helps ease the transition back into school?

27 Comments

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle August 22, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Great post! In our house, the kiddos pull their weight. It’s never too early to start teaching them the value of hard work and contributing to the house.

  • Reply Pam August 22, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Working while the kids were in school could definitely be stressful when I used to do it. Especially because the school system in my town does not offer buses.

  • Reply Kita Bryant August 22, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Splitting up responsibilities is a big one! That has helped our household tremendously!

  • Reply Chavonne Harvey August 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    I like your idea of beginning the new routine now, that’s important. Checklists help so that I know what needs to get done and by whom. Splitting up the responsibilities is what also makes it all work and come together so no one is overwhelmed.

  • Reply Veronica Solomon August 22, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Back to school can be a “not so fun” time for sure, especially as a working single mom running a business. Yikes! Now a vacation is in order

  • Reply Lisa Favre August 22, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Totally agree with this: it’s all about routine. Establishing one early helps wonders!

  • Reply MJ.L August 22, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Great tips! Routine is key to surviving the year!

  • Reply Brianne August 22, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Yes to exercise routine. Mine totally feel off with the start of summer. These are great tips, as I am already starting to feel the stress!

  • Reply Toni | BoulderLocavore.com August 22, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you for all of these tips! I need every tip I can get to survive the first few weeks of school and get back to my daily routine.

  • Reply Lisa Joy Thompson August 22, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I have a morning routine and a nightly routine printed out! I have laminated ones for the kids and the adults! Everyone knows what needs to happen each night and each morning and they’re able to get it done with a limited amount of nagging from me! :)

  • Reply Liz Mays August 22, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I think these are some good strategies. I always had to get into a fixed routine to keep myself from getting overwhelmed.

  • Reply felicia August 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    These are excellent tips! I love that you added to let them ride the bus. This is something I had to start doing and it really has eased up on the load!

  • Reply Theresa August 22, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    I drive my girls in each day, but I insist they take the bus to give me a little more time during the day. Establishing a routine is key to keeping my sanity too :)

  • Reply Brandy August 22, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Getting back into the school routine can be really stressful. I always make sure that my kids get into the routine at least a week before school starts.

  • Reply Nicole Escat August 23, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Yes but I’m a Stay at home mom and do house duties at the same time. It’s also hard but sometimes it’s fun. I’m glad that my son till not in school.

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc August 23, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Whether you are a stay at home mom or a working mom, motherhood per se is Tough (notice the capital “T”). I delegate tasks around the house but sometimes my kids fail to do them so I end up finishing the task.

  • Reply Amanda Love August 23, 2016 at 5:54 am

    These are very good tips especially since the start of the semester can be pretty stressful. It’s important to have a schedule that the whole family can work with. Splitting chores definitely makes life easier for the parents!

  • Reply Kristi August 23, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Routine is so important for kids. It’s tough but we try our best to stick to one. Our girls are helping more and more around the house which sure makes things easier.

  • Reply Melissa August 23, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Yes to giving our kids more responsibility! I think teaching our kids to do for themselves is the greatest gift we can give them as parents-it helps to foster their independence and build their self confidence, and the fringe benefits are we get to lighten our loads!

  • Reply Candy O August 23, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I love this post so much! I’m definitely trying to find a routine for myself and the kids. The oldest is totally riding the bus too.

  • Reply Nikki Wayne August 23, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Oh, I am so glad my son is not yet on schooling! I am so sure it will be so tiring, so thanks for the heads up!

  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia August 23, 2016 at 11:48 am

    This year I have two kids in College. I am hoping now that the kids are older there will not be as much stress on me.

  • Reply Dawn McAlexander August 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Back to school time is stressful for the kids, everybody knows that. No one considers how stressful it is on the parents. These are some great tips to help relieve the stress that comes with going back to school for all!

  • Reply Ora Lee Gurr August 24, 2016 at 12:55 am

    The biggest family event was everyone pitching in to prepare lunches – we all brown-bagged it. Sharing responsibilities and having fun doing it is a good lesson in growing up.

  • Reply Rosey August 24, 2016 at 2:24 am

    You have a good list here. I like the idea of splitting up home chores. I could def. outsource some tasks better than I currently do. ;)

  • Reply kristin August 24, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    This is great and you are right, routine is key. Love the idea of splitting chores, going to try that.

  • Reply Tracey August 27, 2016 at 8:09 am

    This is so helpful! I am going to pass this along to some mommy friends I know.

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