Back to School 2020: A guide to managing stress for parents

August 26, 2020 – Defence Stories


The pandemic has created additional stress sending kids back to school.

While the prospect of returning to school is usually exciting for many children - and even their parents! - this year has been particularly stressful. Due to COVID- 19, many Defence Team members’ summer vacations looked different this year, and now sending the kids back to school is on the minds of parents. The pandemic has created additional stress sending kids back to school, making it necessary for parents to choose an educational path that they feel will be the safest for their families.

Making the decision to send your children back to school, either physically or virtually, has likely brought mixed emotions. It is normal to be feeling anxious and/or frightened with so much still unknown, especially around our children starting another school year. Defence Team Members are facing new challenges constantly, whether it be, juggling work, family, and other duties. It is okay to feel unsure and to not have all the answers.

Here are some tips to help manage fears and anxiety about sending your kids back to school:

If you need support to help you cope during this time, don’t hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional. Defence Team members can get help through:

Additional Resources:

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There are a range of resources available to CAF member parents struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Remember you are not alone! We are in this together.

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