I can’t believe that Summer is winding down. Colleges and universities are already back in session. Elementary, middle and high schools have either already started or are starting soon.
The transition from summer to fall can be difficult for parents and children alike. This can result in rebellion, acting out and anger from the children and anxiety, stress and anger from the parents. So what can you do to make this transition as easy as possible for both parties?
- Plan – Prior to the beginning of classes, begin to get yourself and your children back on to a schedule for school. This may include reduced screen time, earlier bedtimes and earlier wake times.
- Dry Run – Take yourself and your children through a dry run of both the morning and evening routines. This should include a ride to the school or bus stop, pick up from school or the bus stop and a drive to any after school locations for extended care, sports practices or other extracurriculars.
- Pack your Patience – Things may not run smoothly the first days/weeks of school so remember to be patient as issues get resolved. Remember, you are the adult so take a deep breath, count to 10, recite a mantra or walk away if needed.
- Enjoy – Right now you might think that these school days are going to last forever. Before you know it, your child will have grown up and moved on. Don’t forget to take the time to enjoy these experiences even if they try your patience. If nothing else, they will make for funny stories to share together in the future.
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