Forge Ahead Into the School Year
It’s that time of year when slow and relaxed turns to rushed and harried. When you and your family must shift gears from vacation mode to the daily tasks of the school year.
It’s exciting, stressful and full of new things. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Our Mindfulness expert tells us in detail exactly how to go back to school with mindful intentions, and set the family up for success. Ask the Experts further probes the back-to-school mental state by answering the question: “How do I deal with the emotional ups and downs my kids have about going back to school?”
Beyond the stresses of going back to school, there’s a lot to be learned this time of year. Our Welcome Back feature not only includes an in-depth interview with County Superintendent of Schools Al Mijares about local trends, innovative curriculum and school safety, but we also examine public schools and school districts that are upping their game to offer quality programs.
And the back-to-school fun is far from over. You won’t want to miss our kids’ fashion feature, including our Parenting OC Bubble Dash contest winners modeling some trendy back-to-school styles at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. You’ll also want to read about some of the entertaining and educational offerings available at the ocean-focused institute.
As the kids head back to school, you might want to consider some education for your pets, too. Pets in the Family offers advice on picking the right training for your dog and discusses why it’s a good idea to find a quality class or skilled trainer.
After you’ve taken in all that going back to school has to offer, take a step back with The Pause Button, where you’ll learn about how a summer trip to Israel brought inspiration for building real-world relationships and community.
But remember, summer isn’t over yet—and neither is the swim season. Family Wellness explores how you can keep the kids swimming safely.
There’s a lot going on this month. So when you need a break, peruse our list of tiki-themed beverages in Foodie Jr./Sr. that will make you feel like you’re on island time.
It’s a good time to prepare for the school year ahead, but it’s also a time to continue the mental relaxation of the summer months. Do a little of both and ease your family back into the swing of the school year.