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!