Program teaches parents of students to help manage stress

Children's Shelter continues iParent SA program

SAN ANTONIO – Heading back to school can mean a lot of excitement for kids, but it could also cause a lot of stress for parents.

The Children's Shelter is hoping the iParent SA program will help families across the county.

A mother of five boys, Christina Alvarez is part of the program that provides support and helps teach parents ways to manage stress.

"I have all boys, so they are each their own individual personalities. It's allowed me to focus on each one in their own way," said Alvarez.

The Children's Shelter began the program back in 2010.

Last year, more than 300 parents and more than 250 children were part of the program, which also helps parents identify strengths, develop goals and build self-sufficiency.

As the new school year gets underway, program director Natalie Lopez says there are some simple tips for parents to follow.

"We talk a lot about routines. A great idea for families is kind of starting that back-to-school routine a week early and not wait until the first week of school," said Lopez.

The iParent SA program is available for any family in Bexar County.

For more information on how to get involved, click here.

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