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Top 10 Foods For Healthy Skin

August 29, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living No Comments →

Have you tried creams and ointments for your skin but not getting the results you want? It’s an old saying that beauty comes from the inside. It’s actually true. It starts with your diet. You need to add these top 10 foods for healthy skin into your diet and watch your skin begin to glow.

Top 10 Foods For Healthy Skin

Green tea is great for your skin’s healthy appearance and helps fight some forms of skin cancer. It contains antioxidants and catechins. Try adding 2 cups per day to your diet. Green tea is low in caffeine and shouldn’t cause the jitters like coffee can.

Orange tuberous vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots and butternut squash contain beta-carotene. This nutrient is converted into retinol. Many beauty treatments contain retinol. You can save yourself some money by eating foods for healthy skin and getting healthy from the inside out.

Soy foods are another great compound for healthy skin. You can opt for edamame, also known as soy pods, or you can have soy milk and tofu.  Soy products help with inflammation and protect the breakdown of collagen.

Tomatoes help protect against sun damage and other harmful things in the environment. The key to the tomato’s health benefits is lycopene, an antioxidant that promotes healthy skin.

Spinach is another food that really packs a punch of health benefits. It can help fight inflammation and free radicals while keeping your eyes healthy. It’s also a good source of vitamin A, which helps skin cell turnover by generating healthy skin cells on a regular basis. Spinach and other leafy vegetables like kale and collard greens help keep skin firm and resilient.

Tip=> Have a salad full of spinach and kale with tomatoes and tofu for great skin health.

Tasty Treats for Healthy Skin

Kiwi fruits are full of vitamin C, which is a powerhouse of nutrition packed in one fruit. It helps repair cellular DNA, helps with the production and synthesis of collagen and it’s also great for your blood vessels and hair follicles.
One Kiwi fruit has almost all of the daily requirements for vitamin C, but it’s low in calories.

Dark chocolate has a lot of misinformation behind it. It was once blamed for skin breakouts but studies have shown that it’s actually good for you and your skin.
It contains a generous amount of flavonoids, which help protect against the sun. It also helps with blood flow which keeps your skin nourished.

The pomegranate has always had a certain mystic appeal about it. Not only is it an odd type of fruit but it’s also prominent in Greek mythology.  In reality it’s full of antioxidants which help in the fight against free radicals. It’s also full of vitamin C, and enhancer to the production of collagen.  If the pomegranate doesn’t suit your taste then opt for blueberries instead. They have the same benefits as the pomegranate.

Add an ounce of walnuts to your salads or dessert for a crunchy treat that promotes healthy skin. Walnuts also contain benefits for hair, eyes and bones. They are full of vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids.
Not fond of walnuts? You can get the same benefits from pistachios, almonds and hazelnuts.

Yogurt is another great food for healthy skin. Plain yogurt contains zinc, which is beneficial for helping with inflammation and other conditions such as rosacea. Zinc also promotes skin regeneration.

Tip=> Add a combination of the treats mentioned above to your daily cup of yogurt. You can have blueberries and chocolate bits one day, kiwi fruit the next. Top each cup off with some chopped nuts. It’s a delicious way to have glowing skin.

Great skin doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Try adding these  top 10 foods for healthy skin to get benefits from the inside out. And don’t forget, treating yourself to some delicious snacks is like getting a two for one deal.

Additional Healthy Living and eating Resources:

 

HealthFitCounter- This handheld nutrition and diet device can be used as a calorie calculator with any dietary program and can be customized to fit any individual’s specific diet needs.

The Weight Loss Diet eBook – The Original Negative Calorie Foods eBook. Try negative calorie foods & diet to lose that extra fat to attain a slim & fit body. This will ensure a healthy, happy and long life.

Get Fit While You Sit – 36 Exercises you can do almost anywhere, anytime.

Step by Step Cellulite Reduction Plan – An Easy to Understand, Step by Step Cellulite Reduction Plan That Will Have You Saying Goodbye to Cottage Cheese Thighs and Hello to Sexy, Slimmer Legs!”.

Natural Health Secrets – Classic natural health eBooks help people lose weight, gain energy, reduce pain, improve memory, detox, etc

Migrain Relief Tips

August 27, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living No Comments →

Finding good migain relief tips is very important if you suffer from pain ful migrains. Migraine is a word used to describe a wide range of related disorders. Migraines are the most common cause of daily head pain, with migraines afflicting more than 87 percent of people who complain of daily head pain. The World Health Organization ranks migraine as the 19th most common cause of disability worldwide.

(ARA) – Anyone who has ever experienced a migraine knows how debilitating it can be. When you’re suffering from a migraine, it’s likely that you have a hard time focusing on anything else besides the pain you’re enduring. Here are some migrain relief tips you can use.

If migraines are interfering with your daily life, it’s a good idea to visit a doctor who can suggest the best ways to combat your headaches. But there are also some practical steps you can take to avoid migraines. Here are a few ways you can minimize the onset of migraines and ease your pain and nausea during a migraine episode:

* Get good and regular sleep. Migraines often follow sleepless nights. Do what you can to establish a consistent sleep schedule. If you’re having trouble sleeping, remove distractions such as a TV or radio, which can prevent you from entering a deep sleep when left on all night.

* Try acupressure therapy. Similar to acupuncture, but without the needles, acupressure can provide natural pain relief by applying pressure to certain points in your body. This can be done with your hands, or through a device you can wear, such as Sea-Bands, which can be worn to apply pressure to a point just below your wrist. A recent study conducted by Berolina Clinic in Germany concluded that 83 percent of its participants – all chronic migraine sufferers – experienced a reduction in nausea when wearing Sea-Bands.

* Establishing consistency in your diet can also help reduce the frequency of migraine attacks, according to the medical experts. Also, if you suspect a certain food is causing your migraines, try eliminating it from your diet and see if it helps. Eating at different times each day or skipping meals can also trigger migraines.

* Try relaxation techniques. Stress is a major cause of migraines, so anything you can do to eliminate stress from your life will help. In addition, you may want to try deep-breathing exercises and muscle-relaxing routines designed to help your body deal better with stress and tension. If you are looking for a place to get started, ask your doctor which types of exercises he or she recommends.

* Get regular exercise. Perhaps nothing reduces stress and promotes good sleeping habits more than getting a good workout on a regular basis. Being physically active for at least a half hour a day can go a long way toward reducing your headaches.

* If you do experience a migraine attack, try to get to a dark, calm place. Lie down and sleep if your pain and schedule allows you to. Applying hot or cold packs to the affected area or the back of your neck may also help relieve your pain.

The pain caused by migraines can be extremely unpleasant and affect your ability to participate in normal daily activities. By doing what you can to avoid migraine attacks, you’ll help ensure that the disruption they cause is kept to a minimum. For more information on migraine relief, visit www.sea-band.com/blog.

Using one of more of the migrain relif tips above should help you to relieve your migrain pain. For more healthy tips. Visit Real Life Solutions – Healthy Living.

Tips To Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills

August 25, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children No Comments →

Tips to sharpen your child’s reading skills

(ARA) – The end of summer vacation may be approaching, but there is still plenty of time for youth to read a few books to refresh their reading skills before starting school.

While many grown-ups jump at the chance to read books and magazines on vacation, children are often quick to drop the book and run toward the waves when hitting the beach, pool or campground. While everyone reminisces about those summer days from childhood, the truth is that in this age of video games, DVD players in cars and text-messaging teens, youth are less likely to pick up a book than ever. That may come at a price.

According to educators, summer reading is critical in continuing good academic performance and advancing literacy skills. Studies show that children who read several books during the summer maintain or surpass the reading skills they achieved during the previous school year. James Kim, an assistant education professor at Harvard University, claims students who read four or more books over the summer do better than those who didn’t when they return to school in the fall.

Various studies show that the “summer slide,” a dip in reading and writing skills, occurs when schools let out in June, and youth leave the classroom and studies behind until September. Research from groups such as Scholastic and the National Summer Learning Association documents that skills decrease more significantly among moderate- to low-income students, and that the summer slide increases year after year for children who continue to avoid summer reading.

If your child hasn’t picked up a book or enough books this summer, there is still time to encourage them to do so. Suzanne Poole, TD Bank’s executive vice president of retail sales strategy and distribution offers these tips:

* Read stories with your child and ask questions about the stories.
* Let your child choose books about subjects in which they are interested.
* Set aside some time each day or week as reading time so it is a scheduled activity.
* Encourage your child to say words and phrases out loud.
* Practice sounding out words your child may have difficulty reading.
* Provide the word your child is struggling with so that he/she doesn’t become frustrated and lose the enjoyment of the experience.
* Offer them incentive as motivation. Not in the sense that you are bribing them to read, but showing them that hard work offers rewards. TD Bank’s Summer Reading Program encourages kids to read and teaches them about saving money by contributing $10 into a new or existing young savers account for each child who reads 10 books throughout the summer. To sign up, visit www.tdbank.com/summerreading.
* Have fun.

If you’re reading this as you pack for your end-of summer trip, start running your kids to pre-season sports practices or hit the store for back-to-school supplies, think about picking up some books for your kids. Experts suggest even one or two books will help.

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Top 10 easily overlooked back-to-school essentials

August 22, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Healthy Living, Organization No Comments →

(ARA) – Pens, pencils, erasers, paper – these are the school supplies students need year after year and are on almost every parent’s back-to-school shopping list. However, that doesn’t mean they’re the only supplies students need to survive the school year with ease. Instead of waiting until your student realizes what he’s missing once it’s too late, shop now for these easily overlooked back-to-school essentials.

“Most students have that ‘oh no’ moment once they’re under a deadline and realize they don’t have the right materials to complete it or when they’re already stuck in a difficult situation,” says Rebecca Smith of Master Lock. “Using past experience to think ahead and shop early will help students – and parents – avoid those dreaded moments and navigate the school year a bit easier.”

1. Pencil sharpener. You’ve got the pencils, but sharpening them can be a real hassle as not all classrooms have a functioning built-in sharpener. To help students avoid trips to and from their desk during important tests, purchase a small pencil sharpener with a built-in shaving collection system that can be stored in a backpack pocket.

2. Portable stapler. Students are often in need of a quick staple, yet a stapler is nowhere to be found. A small, portable stapler can be a major timesaver for students who are frequently required to turn in multiple-page assignments.

3. Umbrella. Whether walking to class on a college campus or home from middle school, umbrellas are an easily overlooked school essential that pay dividends in student comfort. A collapsible model that fits in your student’s backpack or book bag will be easiest to carry whenever the weather looks questionable.

4. Correction fluid or tape. For last-minute, on-the-go fixes to important school assignments, a bottle of white correction tape or a correction pen is a must when re-printing or re-doing isn’t an option.

5. USB flash drive. Since so many school projects are now completed on computers, a USB drive makes it easy to save files and work on them anywhere. Whether your student is working on a paper at home, or on a group presentation at a friend’s house, files will be easily accessible.

6. Stain remover pen. From lunch spills, to grass stains to stray pen marks, students appreciate being able to touch up messy spots that wind up on their clothing throughout the day. Where water doesn’t always work, portable stain remover pens work well on hard-to-remove spots.

7. Security products. School supplies become useless if they’re stolen from your student. To help avoid theft, invest in at least four types of security products: a padlock for students’ school or gym lockers such as Master Lock’s Speed Dial combination lock, a backpack lock to deter pickpockets, a portable mini-safe that can help keep valuables safe in a dorm room or in transit and a lock to attach to your laptop or desktop computer.

8. Three-hole punch. From organizing class notes and handouts in a three-ring binder for easy review, to binding presentations before turning them in, students find endless uses for a three-hole punch after investing in one.

9. Mints or brush strips. Since many schools do not allow gum in classrooms, mints or brush strips are great options for students to carry with them for use after a potent lunch.

10. Water bottle. If your school allows it, help your student stay hydrated by providing them with a portable water bottle that can hang from a backpack via a simple carabineer. A hydrated student equals a happier and more productive student. Water bottles are particularly handy if the school is older and not equipped with air conditioning.

For more advice on back-to-school essentials, visit www.masterlock.com. Also check out our Time Saving Back to school Tips.

5 Back-to-School Infections Parents Should Know About

August 15, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Healthy Living No Comments →

Wilmington, DE, August 3, 2011 — Many parents have a hard time deciding if their kids are well enough to go to school. What well-intentioned parent hasn’t sent a child off with tissues in hand, only to get that mid-morning “come get your child” phone call?

But if your child is feeling better, making the right decision isn’t as tough as you might think. It basically boils down to one question: Is my child contagious? Infections that are contagious, like strep throat, require a day at home with appropriate treatment.. Most daycares and schools won’t let kids return until after a fever has broken naturally (without fever-reducing medicines) for at least 24 hours.

“When kids come into contact with germs, they can unknowingly become infected simply by touching their eyes, nose, or mouth,” says Kate Cronan, MD, medical editor at Nemours’ KidsHealth.org and a pediatrician at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. “And once they’re infected by contagious germs, it’s usually just a matter of time before other family members come down with the same illness.”

So what infections should parents be concerned about as kids head back to school? KidsHealth.org, the # 1 website for children’s health and development, says these are the top 5 illnesses parents should look out for during the school year:

Pinkeye: Also known as conjunctivitis, pinkeye is very contagious when caused by viruses or bacteria. To prevent spreading pinkeye, kids should wash their hands often with warm water and soap; not touch their eyes; and avoid sharing eye drops, makeup, pillowcases, washcloths, and towels.

Strep Throat: Strep throat spreads through close contact, unwashed hands, and airborne droplets from sneezing or coughing. Anyone can get strep throat, but it’s most common in school-age kids and teens. To prevent the spread of strep throat: keep a sick child’s eating utensils separate and wash them in hot, soapy water or a dishwasher; the child shouldn’t share food, drinks, napkins, or towels; teach your kids to sneeze or cough into a shirtsleeve, not their hands.

Head Lice: Lice are common among kids ages 3-12 (affecting girls more often than boys), but anyone can get this infection. It’s not a sign of poor hygiene and lice do not spread disease. Parents should discourage sharing combs, brushes, hats, and helmets with others to help prevent the spread of lice.

Molluscum Contagiosum: This skin rash is common among kids 1-12 years old, yet many parents are not familiar with molluscum contagiosum. It spreads easily, most commonly through direct skin-to-skin contact, but kids can get it by touching objects with the virus on them such as toys, clothing, towels, and bedding. Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water and avoid sharing towels, clothing, or other personal items to prevent its spread.

Walking Pneumonia: Walking pneumonia is the leading type of pneumonia in school-age kids and young adults. It spreads through person-to-person contact or breathing in particles sent into the air by sneezing or coughing. Walking pneumonia usually develops gradually and can be successfully treated with antibiotics. Encourage kids to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently to prevent its spread.

Want more information about common childhood illnesses and infections? Visit KidsHealth.org or download KidsHealth’s free iPhone app, Is it Contagious? Featuring 85+ infections and illnesses, the app answers common questions parents ask and helps identify and assess the contagiousness, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of the most common childhood infections. To download the free app, search “Is It Contagious?” on the iPhone App Store.

Keeping Memories Organized

August 10, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Organization No Comments →

Whether you’re taking photographs of your family, scrapbooking a trip you just took with your friends, using your camcorder to capture your nephew’s first baseball game, writing in a journal, or simply putting special notes or cards in a memory box, many of us work hard to capture and preserve our memories each day.

Here are some quick ideas to keep your memories organized, so they’re available for you to enjoy at a moment’s notice.

1) Digital Photos

My husband and I are really good about handling any photos on our camera quickly. Generally right after we return from an event or a trip, we upload the photos to our computer, make any adjustments to the photos (cropping, touching up, etc.) using Picasa, and then upload the finished photos to Phanfare–our online photo backup and sharing service. We don’t allow them to build up on the camera until there are so many photos that they’re out of hand. We’re always caught up, and our photos are available to view, print, etc. whenever we’d like.

2) Printed Photos

Printed photos should, at minimum, be organized into Photo Boxes–organized by genre, or year (or decade), or family– with labeled dividers so you have an idea what photos are in which sections.

Alternately, you can organize into photo albums, which may take a bit longer, but are easier to view when you wish to see them.

3) Be choosey

When it comes to either digital or printed photos, be choosy about the ones you keep. Keep the ones that bring emotion to your heart when you look at them. Give duplicates to family members, or to the kids to scrapbook or to use for crafts. Don’t feel bad about tossing photos that are not meaningful to you…if you’re never going to enjoy them, they’re just taking up space.

The same goes for photos you’ve taken with your cell phone. Upload the keepers to your computer and then back them up for safekeeping. If they’re not great and/or not meaningful, delete them.

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4) Videos

The same rule applies for video clips as for photos. After you take your videos, upload them to your computer, edit them, and back them up.

If you have videos that are captured on small cartridges, label them and keep them stored Photo Boxes where they can all be found, organized by year, genre, etc. for safekeeping. If possible and the videos are important, back them up and keep the backups in a separate area or a safe deposit box.

Whenever my daughter has a dance recital, we get a video on DVD of her performance. We have these labeled, organized by year and stored in a photo box for future viewing.

5) Scrapbooking

I love to scrapbook. For every major event or milestone I want to capture, I do a 2-page layout. Each layout generally has 5-7 of my best photos (occasionally more or less but 5 or 7 as a rule of thumb).

I have scrapbooking page keepers where I store the photos I want to scrapbook–one page keeper for each separate event or milestone. The page keeper is like a large envelope, but I can see through it. Along with the photos, I store the papers I want to use to scrapbook those pages with, along with ribbons and other embellishments. When the mood strikes to scrapbook, I grab the page keeper I want to work on, and my quick bag of tools.

6) Recording in a Journal

One of the best ways to remember things–whether it’s memories of a past holiday, things your child said that captured your heart, a quote a friend mentioned that had an impact on your life, and so on–a journal is a great way to capture those thoughts.

One of the pretty journals available in stores may be just the ticket for you. Having something pretty sitting on your nightstand may encourage you to write something each day, and it’s always right near your bed when you want to refer to it.

Another possibility is getting a 3-ring binder with 3 hole punched paper. In doing so, you can easily ‘move and resort’ your memories as you’d like.

Another option is to use your computer to capture your memories. A simple Word file can easily be set up with sections for each memory category–just remember to always back up in case something goes wrong with your computer.

7) Greeting Cards

Although I certainly don’t keep every single greeting card I’ve ever received, I do keep certain ones that are extra meaningful for me. I have a greeting card box, divided by event (Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc.) and cards that I receive that I wish to keep are stored in this box.

8) Special Notes

In my filing cabinet, I have a section of file folders for notes I’ve received that have special meaning to me. One of the folders is labeled, ‘Immediate Family’, another is labeled ‘Extended Family’ and yet a third is labeled, ‘Friends.’ Whenever I get a note I wish to keep, it’s immediately filed for safekeeping, and for future reference.

It’s so much fun to look at these scrapbooks from year to year and see how much she has progressed and succeeded each year!

9) Trinkets and Such

For vacation souveniers, trinkets and kids creations (like pottery, for instance) that can’t be stored flat, a rubbermaid box with a lid keeps these treasures contained, but accessible.

Again, be choosey. Otherwise, you’re going to end up with tons of stuff. We allow ourselves ONE trinket box and we weed out/add new stuff from time to time.

Occasionally, if I don’t want to keep an actual item in the box, we take a photo of it and store it ‘virtually’ on the computer. This way, we’re keeping the memory, but not the physical item.

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Time Saving Back To School Tips

August 08, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

(ARA) – Summer trips are wrapping up and kids are counting down the days until they have to go back to school. With many parents weighed down by worries about escalating back-to-school costs, brushing up on tips and tricks for making the summer-to-school transition smoother will be helpful for the entire family.

In fact, a recent survey by Bing and Impulse found that 52 percent of parents are the most concerned with the price of school supplies. To save time, money, and lighten up the mood, try implementing these tips from Lisa Gurry, a past recipient of Working Mother Magazine’s Mom of the Year award.

“These simple tricks can make the back-to-school transition go from stressful to stress-free,” Gurry says.

* Shop early: Schools often provide a long and daunting list of required school supplies. Don’t try to buy everything in one day. Rather, be open to grabbing items you see on sale while out and about throughout the summer. Use local coupon-finding tools, like Bing for Mobile Deals on m.bing.com to find daily deals on all the supplies you’re looking for.

* Get (cleverly) organized: Reduce the amount of time you spend running around the house looking for the keys, backpack, and lunch boxes by picking a location for each item. Try leaving your keys in the fridge with your lunchbox so you’ll never forget the lunch again.

* Pack a healthy lunch and freeze a few dinners: Make sure to pack healthy lunches for your children that will help protect their immune systems and energy levels during the new transition. Great lunch options include chicken wraps and strawberry and cream cheese sandwiches. Another great idea is to prepare a few healthy dinners in advance and freeze them so you’ll have one less thing to worry about. Check out Bing.com for healthy dinner recipes like chicken noodle soup.

* Get advice: Don’t forget to use your network of friends to find the best deals. Share your shopping list with your friends using Bing Shopping and get advice from your trusted friends about what they think are the best purchases.

* Routines rule: Nothing causes more stress or confusion than an inconsistent schedule. Create a schedule early on and make sure you stick to it. Try to re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines at least one week before school starts to prepare your children in advance.

Going back to school doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. With a few simple tips, you can make back-to-school transition more efficient, less of a hassle and even easier on your wallet.

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Natural and Simple Summer Beauty Treatments

August 03, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living No Comments →

Summer can be hard on our skin and hair. We might spend a little too much time in the sun, damaging our hair and skin. We’re busy and may forget to remove makeup or cleanse and moisturize our faces properly at night before bed. Salt, chlorine and too much exposure to water can leave your hair feeling like hay. Even wearing sandals and flip flops can cause dry, cracked heels.

Instead of buying expensive beauty products to pamper yourself in the summer, you can make your own natural treatments. It’s fun and easy.

Here are some ideas:

SKIN

When just walking outside to the mailbox leaves you sweaty, it’s tempting to cleanse too much during the summer and strip your skin of its natural moisture and protective layer (some of which helps prevent infection). Try washing your face with just water in the mornings, then apply sunscreen as your moisturizer.

If you live in a humid area, you can probably give your face a break from moisturizer every once in awhile too. If you get a little too much sun, slather a mask made with equal parts oatmeal and yogurt on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse with plain water. It feels great, helps cool the burn and is soothing to irritated skin.

You can make your own salt scrub or sugar scrub to exfoliate and moisturize your skin and feet. Mix 1 cup coconut or olive oil with 1 cup coarse sea salt or sugar. You can add a few drops lavender or other essential oil if you like.

HAIR

Chlorine in pool water is notoriously harsh on your hair. Try a coconut oil hair treatment to restore moisture and shine. Put a tablespoon or so of coconut oil into your hair and let it soak in while you take a bath. You can wash it out with a mild shampoo, but if your hair is super dry, thick and coarse like mine, you might want to try not rinsing it out completely, or even using a tiny dollop as a style enhancer. It’s worked for native Hawaiians for ages!

A cider vinegar rinse is also wonderful for putting shine back into your locks. Put about a half cup of apple cider vinegar in a quart size mason jar in your shower, and use it to rinse your hair. (Don’t worry, you won’t smell like a pickle jar for more than a few minutes.)

For more natural skin care recipes, visit www.NaturalMomsTalkRadio.com/blog. Its author is a mom of 6 who writes about frugal natural living and parenting. Be sure to check out the free podcast!

Back to School Anxiety

August 01, 2011 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children No Comments →

When kids experience back to school anxiety, it can have an effect on parents as well. It seems like there’s nothing you can do, and the closer the first day of school gets, the more miserable parents and kids feel. Some practical tips on how to ease this anxiety, though, can help alleviate the back-to-school fears.

Here are some ideas that can help with back to school anxiety

Try to Understand

Maybe you didn’t ever suffer from back to school anxiety as a child; or maybe you did, but you still just want your child to get over it. However, just getting annoyed and telling your child to get over it is not necessarily productive, and may actually make anxiety worse.

Psychologists recommend a bit of understanding – while the anxiety should not be “calling the shots,” the fact that your child is feeling very real fear should be respected. Your child needs some coping mechanisms, and that means you need to address the fear rather than denying it.

Putting Things in Perspective

School can seem big and scary to a child. Psychologists recommend “putting the fear in its place” – identify the fear and give your child power over it. Give the fear a name, such as the Worry Worm, to help your child know when it’s the anxiety talking, not reality.

Tell your child that the Worry Worm says things that aren’t true (something bad will happen to me if I go to school), but your child can tell the Worry Worm to back off because he or she knows the truth (you’re safe at school). For older kids and teens, you can identify the fear in a more age-appropriate way.

Know Your Teacher

It can make all the difference if your child knows their teacher. To help ease back to school anxiety, try to set up more than one meeting with the teacher before the school year starts, so your child will be going to see a familiar face. Take a tour or two of the school and the new classroom, too.

Be Confident

Sometimes, parents can inadvertently “feed” their child’s anxiety. If you are anxious about your child’s anxiety, it can make the situation worse. Try to be confident in your child’s ability to make it through the school day. While understanding your child’s feelings is important, inflating them is not. Let your child know she can do it by being confident and decisive in leaving her.

Saying Goodbye

To help overcome back to school anxiety, some experts recommend a “goodbye ritual” to help ease transitions back into school. This can help a child feel more secure – if you say goodbye the same way every day, then perhaps your child will be more confident that you will return the same way, too.

Try coming up with something unique to your relationship with your child – a special handshake, phrase, or promise for later in the day (just make sure you follow through on any promise).

Using any or all of the tips above will help to ease back to school anxiety for both you and your child.

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