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5 Tips for beating back-to-school blues

Molly Cerreta Smith has enjoyed a career in the publishing industry for more than 10 years. As an editor of several regional magazines, she has had the opportunity throughout her career to meet many local celebrities, businesspeople, ent...

Say bye to back-to-school blues

Kids everywhere are feeling the back-to-school blues right about now, but going back to class doesn't have to be a drag. Help your kids beat the back-to-school blues with these five tips.

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1Dress the part.

Going back to school can be a lot more exciting if your kids have fun new clothes and school supplies to show off. Set a budget and allow your children to select some new duds and supplies (that are parent- and school-approved, of course).

2Set a space.

Your child's desk may have accumulated lots of non-school clutter over the summer. Take some time before school starts to help your kids clean their desks off/out. Encourage them to make this a Zen space that is void of distraction and conducive to concentration.

3Get them back on a schedule.

If you've let your children's schedules slack a little during the summer, don't wait until the first day of school to start getting them back on a normal routine. Simply getting a good night's sleep can make heading back to school a lot easier -- for your child and you. This is a good time to get yourself to bed a little earlier, too.

4Prepare.

If your child is apprehensive about heading back to school, touch base with his teacher a few weeks before class starts and see if you can arrange a meeting for you and your child. Even seeing his classroom before the big day (and knowing where it is at school) can help eliminate back-to-school blues and jitters. Privately discuss any concerns with the teacher before school starts, as well.

5Make heading back to school a ceremonious event.

If you don't have a fun back-to-school tradition, start one. For instance, make a BTS cake (that's back-to-school cake, for those of you thinking otherwise) for your kids every year before school starts. They'll still talk about this as adults. Have a special dinner -- complete with your child's favorite foods -- the night before school starts. Watch video from summer vacations, or start chatting up your kids about the friends they can't wait to see at school. No matter what, put a positive spin on the fact that school's back in session.

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