The transition from summer fun to school rules can stress out kids and parents alike. Take our quiz to see what your future holds: happy days or high blood pressure!
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B. Sorry, kids. Experts recommend easing children into a school schedule during the week before school starts. The all-or-nothing approach can leave them tired, grumpy, and not ready to learn when the first days finally arrive.
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C. For tweens and teens especially, fashion is a social statement. That doesn't mean letting your child dress however she wants, but it's important to let her (or him) make some of the key choices. One way is to budget for school clothes.
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B. Reinforcing negative stereotypes can make your child apprehensive and can interfere with the teacher’s ability to do her job. Instead, contact the teacher and tell her about your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Ideally, parents and teachers act as a team. Opening a line of communication is a key starting point.
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A. Modeling proper behavior for your child makes a difference. Read, balance your checkbook, or do work you’ve brought home from the office while she’s doing homework. Enforcing a consistent homework time every day reduces a child’s temptation to “forget” that he has any.
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B. Back-to-school stress often comes from fear of the unknown. Visiting the classroom, meeting the teacher, finding the bus stop or walking the route to school, even scheduling a play date with someone who will be in your child’s class can help.
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C. Report cards are milestones, and quarterly conferences offer direct feedback from the teacher. But don’t wait for these if your child is struggling. Most teachers are happy to engage in regular communication, often through notes or email, when parents show they want to help.
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A, B, C, D. Trick question—they’re all good. Helping your child at home shows your child you value education. Attending school events like family nights and concerts, and volunteering with the parent group (PTO/PTA) draws an important link between home and school in your child’s eyes.
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