Tips on transitioning back to school

August 20, 2014

Besides checking off the notebooks and pencils off the school supply list, there is always a ton to do in preparation for school to start. Help your child transition into the new school year mentally, physically, and emotionally.

  • Start enforcing the same school year bedtimes and wake-up times at least a week before school to get their body clocks adjusted
  • Try to align meals at the about the same time your child will be eating during the school year
  • Ask your child what his or her thoughts, worries, and feelings are about the new school year, whether it’s anxiety over making new friends or starting a new grade
  • Set expectations about new school year rules and your family’s homework policy, TV quota,  bedtimes, or other responsibilities
  • Go through a trial run of how your child will get to school and back by showing them where the bus stop is, mapping out the best route to walk/bike to school, or  familiarizing them with who is designated to drop them off/pick them up
  • Practice laying out clothes and packing lunches and backpacks a day or two beforehand to make the morning of the first day of school less stressful
  • Create a new school year tradition to encourage a positive attitude for the new year!

 

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