When you're a kid, summer means long sunny days, fun outings and flexible schedules. No one wants to give up those delights.
It's no wonder that as August fades into September, many kids and families start to feel stressed about the looming academic year.
Some kids experience a sense of impending doom about being responsible for homework and projects. Parents may feel overwhelmed by the rush to buy school supplies and dread the pressure their children exert for expensive designer clothing and electronics.
Many parents report a tremendous sense of relief (and even a bit of guilt that they feel that relief) when the first day of school arrives. There's no question that the lead-up to that big day can be challenging for the entire family.
Here are some tips to help make a smoother, less stressful transition from the freedom of summer to the more regulated schedule of the school year: