Your School-Year Survival Guide

Your School-Year Survival Guide

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

Malcolm X

Maybe you’ve already started anticipating the transition back to school. Or maybe you’ve been actively avoiding it.

From household routines to new (and familiar) stressors to emotional demands and tricky conversations… it’s a lot to navigate.

But trust us:

You’ve got this.

And we’re here to support you through it all.

Read on for your school year survival guide:

1. Back to school: 3 keys to preparing as a family

You know the signs: The weather is changing. The email communication has begun. Unless you’ve been spending the summer unplugged on an uncharted island somewhere (in which case, good for you), you’ve felt this coming for awhile now. The excitement. The tears. The creeping feeling of dread that wakes you at 3am, wondering about schedules. And supplies. And whether this is the year it’s all just too much for your family to pull off. It’s back to school time, friends. No doubt, this time of year can be challenging for just about everyone. If you’re a parent (or a parent figure), eyeing the calendar with anxiety, excitement, dread, or any combination thereof… this post is for you.

2. 7 simple ways to ease the transition back to school

The air is crisping up. The Halloween merchandise is on full display. We all know what that means… If the thought of making the transition out of summer break fills you with dread, you’re not alone. School year stressors are not for the faint of heart. It can be truly stressful. But, it doesn’t have to be. In this post, we’re sharing 7 simple ways you can help your family transition back to school with ease.

3. Back-to-school anxiety: 6 strategies for parents

Maybe it’s the untouched breakfast cereal. Or the nervous questions at bedtime. Or an outright refusal to get out of bed. Whatever signs are alerting you to the possibility your child’s experiencing back to school anxiety, rest assured: You’re not alone. It won’t last forever. And you can help more than you know. In this post, you’ll learn 6 strategies you can use to support a child with school-year / back-to-school anxiety.

4. School stress? 5 magic phrases for parents

As the countdown to a new school year continues, many of us are on the edges of our seats. Eager to find out what the future holds. And in the meantime? Our kids are watching. Listening. Asking questions of their own. What’s a grown-up to do? In this post, we’re sharing 5 phrases to help ease the way into a new school year for your kids (whatever that looks like for you).

5. 3 ways to promote emotional wellness in schools

Real, accessible emotional wellness is about more than each individual child. If meaningful change is what we’re after, we must expand our focus and take clear, consistent, positive action. To help create learning environments that foster the well-being of all kids and the grown-ups who serve them. We’re highlighting 3 types of action you can begin taking TODAY to support emotional wellness in schools (and beyond).

6. Do you work with students? 3 commitments to make this year

Maybe you see them safely to and from school each day. Maybe you’re with them in the classroom. (Or the lunchroom. Or daycare. Or evening care.) Maybe you’re with them on the field, in the studio, on the court, in the troop, at the rink, or in the pool. Maybe you see them at their best. Or when they’re struggling the most. But, whether you see them daily, weekly, seasonally, or yearly… You work with students. And that makes you part of a rapidly-growing, hard-working, ever-adapting club. And (ready or not)… a new school year is upon us. Let’s look at 3 commitments you can make to support your own emotional wellness and the well-being of the students you serve.

7. Heading to college? Here’s 3 pieces of advice

Dorm supplies have been purchased. Good-byes have been said. You’re off to college, kid! (Now what?) (NOTE: The guidance in this post also applies to those heading back to college, those living at home, and those working/traveling after high school. If that’s you, adapt as you like to fit your situation!) Read on for 3 things to keep in mind as you’re heading to college.


Could you use some extra support as you navigate school year stressors?