Are you stressing too much?

By Jane Borden, Liz Lorke, Elizabeth Passarella, and Ingela Ratledge
Updated July 20, 2016
Kids running down school hallway
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The first week, anyway. “The change of schedule is totally exhausting. Buy pre-prepped or frozen meals,” says Kirsten Earl, a professional crafter and set decorator and a mother of two in South Orange, New Jersey. “And have some adult creature comforts: good coffee and clean sheets.”

Vocabulary Drills

Or flash cards. “Everyone spends that first month of school getting their bearings,” says Tara Falsani, an attorney and a mother of two in Minneapolis. “Nothing is going to change that.”

Her Teacher...

“Parents get really worked up about getting their kid in with the ‘best’ teacher,” says Gilboa. “Resist the urge to agitate for change. Have faith that kids will benefit from learning how to handle whatever is thrown their way.”

...Or Her Classmates

“Kids make new friends quickly. Don’t worry if she isn’t with her best friend,” says Ilene Bergenfeld, an executive for Juicy Juice and a mother of three in Westchester County, New York.

First-Day Pictures

“I never took pictures of my kids on the first day of school past... maybe preschool? And I don’t regret it. And they still love me,” says Bergenfeld.