It’s that time of year again ladies. Back to school gear is on sale and you’re thinking¬†about all the lunches you have to pack. After a summer full of trips to the park, travel and weeknight BBQs, it’s time to send your kids back to school.

For some of us, it’s the first time our little ones will be going to school. I don’t know where the time went. It seems like only yesterday Miss O was learning to walk and talk. Now she’s an independent, opinionated 4-year-old who plays soccer and practices ballet on the weekend.

In the weeks leading up to this point, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about school. My one takeaway from our chats? She’s ready to start. I’m a little surprised but she seems unfazed by the changes coming her way. That’s what you want though, right? But I feel a little anxious. My baby’s going to school!! OK, get a grip Milveen.

It’s that feeling that inspired this post. Sending Miss O to school is a new experience — for both of us — with a few unknowns thrown in. Over the years I’ve learned that preparation is important for managing anxiety. You can’t account for everything that can happen but you can prepare yourself and kids for the transition. Continue reading