Transitioning From Summer to Back-to-School
After the fun and excitement of summer it can be extremely difficult to transition your kids from summer to back-to-school mode. Below are some great tips that will make this transition easier for you and your child.
Going back to school can cause anxiety for both you and your child. A great way to deal with this anxiety is to talk to your child about exciting milestones and what they might experience during this new school year. As a parent, it is important to keep a positive attitude. If you appear anxious, your child will catch on and feel anxious too.
Reconnect with Friends
During summer, it is easy for kids to lose contact with their schoolmates. Before the new school year begins schedule a play date or outing for your kids to catch up with their friends.
Set a Routine
A week before the first day of school, start your kids on a school year routine. Wake the kiddos up 10 minutes earlier every morning, and send them off to bed 10 minutes earlier every night. This should make waking them up on the first day of school much easier.
Address Medical Needs
Make sure that your child is up to date on all their vaccinations. If your child has any medical issues or medicine that needs to be administered by the nurse make sure that this is set up prior to the start of school.
Designate a special area specifically for homework. Set ground rules on when homework should be done before the school year kicks off.
Keep all important school papers and dates in one place. This will allow you to be better organized, which will make things much easier for your child. Create a cubby-station where backpacks, shoes, coats, and important items are kept. This will prevent everyone from running around frantically in the mornings.