Back to School!

You know what time of the year it is when parents are celebrating and kids are dragging their feet. Families made it through the summer and created wonderful memories (as well as probably some not so great memories). The great part of going back to school is having the chance for new beginnings. Here are a few tips to help create a smoother transition and a fresh start to the new school year.

Empathize. Parents, do you remember the last time you started a new job? Try to remember the anxiety regarding meeting new co-workers and bosses, learning the expectations, and really wanting to make a good first impression. All those fears are what your child is going through right now… However, also remember the coping skills you had as a child or teenager. Your child is going through this while having limited coping resources. Be prepared that your child might be grumpier than usual. Instead of yelling, use this as a time to reflect back their concern.

Schedule. One of my first questions when a parent enters the counseling room is how do you manage the family schedule. I understand that things are busier now than ever before. Children are involved in so many more activities and parents are working longer hours. This is why having a weekly schedule is imperative. Sit down with your child every week to discuss upcoming assignments that are due and schedule a time to complete homework each day. Make sure that the homework time is cell phone free, so that there are not any distractions. Be consistent with keeping the schedule, and you’ll be surprised how much less stress you feel during the week.

Reduce. As I previously discussed, children are busier than ever before. Do not be afraid to reduce the amount of extracurricular activities your child does. By prioritizing for only the most important activities, it allows for more time home with the family. Try to have at least one sit down family meal a week. This can strengthen connections and allow family members to talk about things going on in their world.

Written by: Amy Rollo, M.A., LSSP, LPC-S

Amy Rollo is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and owner of Heights Family Counseling. Amy has been practicing for fifteen years. She has doctoral level training in the areas of child and adolescent counseling, marriage and family therapy, and adult counseling. Amy Rollo provides counseling and evaluation services in the Houston Heights and surrounding areas. Amy’s goal in counseling is to journey with her clients in order to foster positive changes and growth in their lives. Read more about Amy's counseling style by visiting