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Back to school is one of those times of year that’s both exciting and stressful for everyone involved. As a parent, minimizing your own stress as well as the stress of your children will smooth out the transition and make for a happy September – and beyond! Here are five ways to help reduce back to school stress. 1. Turn downtime into learning time. Screen time isn’t just for movies and games – it’s also for learning. Fun e-books, math games, spelling apps and educational TV shows will all help re- sharpen your child’s mind after the carefree days of summer. 2. Stay on top of bedtime routines. Most families relax into a more laidback bedtime routine over the summer, but it’s important to get kids to bed on time when they have school the next day as children need anywhere from nine to eleven hours of sleep a night to function properly. 3. Encourage your kids to dress in a way that makes them feel happy. Letting your child pick their own outfits each day helps them to feel both comfortable and confident at school. Plus, it’s a great way for them to express their personality! 4. Simplify school-related shopping. Shopping for clothes and required school supplies can be stressful during an already overwhelming time of year. Simplify your shopping experience by simplifying your list. Buy only what you and your family truly need and forgo the extra bells and whistles. 5. Encourage your kids to feel excited about the year ahead. Instead of letting yours or your child’s apprehension take hold, share positive memories of your own school days and ask your child to talk about their favourite school-related things.

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