5 Tips for Surviving Back to School

As summer wraps up its final couple of weeks, all of the children are heading back to school. Most moms and dads are happy because it allows for everyone to get back into somewhat of a routine. Even with the kids gone all day, mothers’ wish they could spend more time during the day with their babies.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or work full-time, spending time with your children is very important and back to school can end those fulfilled summer days. So, how can you transition without feeling empty or in a slump? Here are 5 tips to surviving back to school.

  1. The Slump Period Will Pass. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to cry or celebrate the fact that your children are heading back to school. However, you cope with the transition depends on the type of person you are, and that’s okay. Just remember that holidays are going to be coming up quickly and you’ll have to start planning for those special breaks.
  2. Family Meeting Time. As everyone is transitioning from the summertime fun and back to reality, it’s vital to have a family meeting. The family meeting is to help reassess things such as sports, after school activities, jobs, projects, and everything else that falls under that category. The meeting should point out the list of commitments you’re going to make as an individual and family.
  3. Keep A Journal. Crying and celebrating doesn’t have to be the only way to get your emotions out. Write your emotions down in a journal to clear your mind and open it up to clarity. This clarity could have a helping hand from God to give you the direction you need.
  4. Summer is all about the relaxing with friends and down time. It might be difficult transitioning from this relaxed state to the busy-bee. Remember that you’re going through this with others in the church, so being a part of the ministry gives you a shoulder to lean on. The ROC ministry has an immense support group for faith, work, and family related issues.
  5. Take Care of Yourself. Throughout the transition back to school, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. The caregiver needs time to themselves once in a while for those days that you’re stressed or overwhelmed. Grab your bible and read a scripture to put the mind at ease and everything will be okay.

“Fill your own cup first and serve others from the overflow.” Back to school can be a lot tougher on others, so lend an ear or hand and don’t forget about yourself.

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