Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tips for Getting Your Kids Ready to Go Back to School

Getting your kids ready to go back to school can be difficult. After a summer or leisurely mornings and going to fun places, getting back in the school habit can be quite challenging. From bedtime routines, to school supplies, to basic daily routines, it is important to prepare your child so they won’t have any unnecessary stress.

I would suggest that the couple weeks leading up to school, you implement a bedtime/wake schedule. I know most parents allow their children to stay up later in the summer months. The best way to do this is to start putting your children to bed 15 minutes earlier each night till you get to the desired time. Then stick with the bedtime. Also, start rousing your children out of bed closer to the time they need to get up in the morning. Get a morning breakfast/get dressed routine in place those couple weeks before school

Make sure you get the list of needed school supplies and label everything a week or two before school. Remember, if you are stressing and running around at the last minute to get school supplies, your child will feel that stress, too.

Also, make sure you have plenty of favorite breakfast, lunch and snack foods ready. A healthy breakfast is so important to start the day right for learning.

Most schools have a back to school night. If you can’t make it, contact the school and find a time that your child can meet the teacher and check out the classroom. This alleviates a lot of anxiety for your child.

Most importantly, sit down and discuss various topics with your child. Make sure they understand what bus they will ride and the rules for riding the bus. Express your expectations for behavior at school. Discuss manners and kindness to others. Discuss with your child any anxieties they might be having and take time to reassure them. They may not bring up any topics, but key into them and ask them open-ended questions such as, “What is the biggest thing that could go wrong on the first day?” Then help them come up with a solution. If they are new to the school, see if you can’t find someone in the neighborhood to either be a pal or a young mentor for your child’s first days.

You may think about doing something special for the first day. Maybe a special dinner or an after school treat. Have your child help in planning this so that they can have something to look forward to after the first day.

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1 comment:

Petula said...

I need to do much better about preparing ahead of time. I label stuff as they're going out the door. This year I did terribly. It just seemed like an off beginning of the school year for me. Maybe 'cause they started so early.

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