School's coming- Connect with others

This week we are using the acronym PACE, when talking about how to make the “Back to School” transition more manageable for everyone— especially you, as a parent.  PACE stands for: P: Staying Positive

A: Activities

C: Connect with Others

E: Educate Yourself

Let’s talk about the C:  Connect with others

Many times, parents feel alone in their struggles with adjusting to the back to school transition.  It’s important to have a good support system of appropriate people to make this transition and the rest of the school year much smoother.  Some ideas of how to connect with others includes:  Talking to other parents to find out what has worked for them in the past, as well as what they struggle with;  Have a good friend or trusted person who you can share your frustrations or concerns with (which is much healthier than keeping it all inside, then having an emotional outburst later!);  Talk to and get connected with your child’s teachers—find out what recommendations they have and stay connected with how your child is doing in the classroom;  Become involved in a parental organization that has a school focus, such as the PTO, which will help you feel connected to your child’s educational experience. 

Tomorrow, Teri will share more about “Educating yourself”… so stay tuned!

Joleen Watson, MS, NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling.  Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.