How to help kids at school without overparenting

As kids head back to school, familiar problems have a way of emerging. How are you going to react to their first conflict with teachers, fight with their friends, panic about an upcoming test, or team tryout?

Will you be too hot, too cold or just right, like the porridge in Goldilocks and the Three Bears?Here’s some advice on these three styles of parenting from Leslie Kuerbitz of Garland. Kuerbitz has seen it all, from the perspective of being a licensed professional counselor and as an intensely involved mother, who admits she tended to veer toward the “hot” parenting mode.

Stressed Out, Overwhelmed and Heading for Depression!

With the start of the new school year, many children are excited, though sad to see summer’s end. They are eager to get new school supplies, have a new teacher, see their friends from school and make new friends. Older children may already be involved in school activities through band, football, drill team or cheerleading practice. As children become adjusted to their new routines, anticipation, eagerness, and excitement begin to fade.