As the calendar moves from July to August, both parents and children start thinking about the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. While it is normal for both parents and children to feel anxious, here are some tips that can reduce the anxiety and help to get the school year started on the right foot.
- Create a Routine – Start getting your children back into their regular schedule for dinner, bath, bedtime and wake up time An easy way to get this done is to put together a checklist or a chart of tasks. I suggest starting at least a week prior to the first day of school. This will give them and you time to adjust to the new routine.
- Be Prepared – Make sure that you have purchased school supplies, clothes and shoes in advance. Try not to wait until the last minute as this will create stress and anxiety for both you and your children.
- Celebrate – Create a family ritual that coincides with the start of the new school year. It could be as simple as allowing your children to choose their favorite for dinner or it could be a family “New Year’s” party. Be creative with this. It will get the children excited about school.
- Take a “Test Drive” – Whether you will be driving your children to school or they will be riding the bus, plan out the route and run a test drive. This is especially important if your children will be attending a new school.
- Stay Positive – It is important that no matter what happens the first day or first week of school, stay positive. Your children will follow your lead so if you are positive, they will remain positive.
- Talk it Out – Set aside time after school to talk to your child. Ask about their day, their teachers, and other students. Depending on your child, this could be a 5 minute conversation or a 30 minute conversation. While this is something that is beneficial throughout the entire school year, it is very important at the start of a new year.
Starting a new school year doesn’t have to be scary or stressful. By using these tips, you can make the transition from summer break to school an easy one for both you and your children.
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