As my kids are starting to think about going back to school in the next couple of weeks, there are mixed emotions. They are thinking yay I get to see my friends, and go to the footballs games and have fun and then there is the flip side of…ugh…I have to wake up how early in the morning, and why do teacher give so much homework. I just smile and say it will be ok, we will get thru it.
Here are a few tips to make the transition into the school year smooth for you and your child.
- Reassure your child that they will do well in the coming school year. Your attitude will influence how your child views school and will make the switch easier for them.
- Start making daytime routines even before the school year starts. The change from laid back summer fun to the rigid school routine can be hard on anyone, but you can prepare early by waking up early in the mornings and having specific activities or chores scheduled each day.
- Fun family traditions can be a great way to make the school year exciting. Plan a fun activity like a bonfire or a game night the day before the first day of school. Once the tradition has started, your kids will look forward to it every year. This family time can also be a good opportunity to talk to your kids and find out what they are worried about and what they are looking forward to in the coming year.
- Take a shopping trip! Feeling prepared for school and homework will make both you and your child less stressed. Buying fun colored pencils and folders can be exciting!
- Work with your child to create a time management system. This will help them spread out their workload, preventing late night cramming.
- If academics worry your child, offer them every opportunity to work on their skills. Tutors and extra classes can make a world of difference in any given subject.
- Encourage your kids to decompress. Reading a book, listening to music, yoga, and exercise are all healthy ways for students and parents to reduce stress.
Have a great and stress-free school year!