As the back-to-school season begins, it can be stressful for children and parents. To make the transition as easy as possible, try the following tips:
1. Create Excitement about the New School Year
Make shopping for school supplies and new clothes a fun adventure.
Encourage your kids to talk about the new school year: what they are thinking and feeling. It is a good time to show your involvement and support.
Measure your child’s height and take a picture on the first day of school. Look for ways to make memories and traditions to look forward to each year.
2. Be Prepared
Set consistent weekday and weekend bedtime and wake-up schedules.
Make sure your child has an effective wake-up alarm that works for them. Wake up early enough so you don’t have to rush.
Have clothes, backpacks, lunches and all items needed for school ready the night before.
Provide a nutritious breakfast to start the day.
Develop good homework and study habits. Organize supplies and keep them in one place.
Let kids choose a visual calendar or planning tool they will be excited to use.
3. Establish Connections
Meet your child’s teacher. Find ways to serve the teacher or help in the classroom.
Plan to meet your child for lunch at school occasionally.
Encourage your child’s relationships with friends. Challenge them to make as many new friends as possible.
Make your home the place where kids want to hang out.
4. Emphasize Family
Establish a set “family time,” whether it is during dinner or before bed (no technology allowed).
Make sure your children know you are always available to ask questions or talk to them about anything. Don’t freak out or overreact do what they have to say; affirm, reassure and listen.
Ask good questions. Here are some examples:
What was the best thing about your day?
What is one thing you could have done better today?
If you could talk to your whole school all at once, what would you say?
What is your biggest fear?
What are the qualities that make you a good friend?
What is something you want to learn how to do and why?
Remember, the relationship with your child is key; protect and guard it.
Hoping you and your family experience the best school year yet!