Its time to say goodbye to fun-filled and relaxed days of summer break even though the new school year has begun. However there are still some children who aren’t back from their vacation yet and we’d love to see them get back in the grind. It’s a challenge either way, for both the parents and children.
However, there are ways to prepare for the back-to-school routine and make it less stressful for all the parties involved. So, here’s a some ways to make a smooth transition.
GET IN TO THE ROUTINE 2 WEEKS BEFORE
Slowly bringing your kids sleep and wake up routine to required time is important. Starting to practice this several day before school starts make it easier for kids to catch up with the new schedule. Even if they stay up late wake them up earlier than usual. Adding a fun activity to morning routines like a morning stroll or bird watching can intrigue interest in kids and make it less stressful.
TALK ABOUT THE POSITIVES OF SCHOOL
Bringing in school to your usual discussions and associating it with fun and positive vibes can help children look forward to it eagerly. Show them that you are excited about their new school year, new teachers, and new skills they will be learning.
ORIENTATION DAY IS A GREAT WAY TO START
Many schools arrange an orientation day for kids starting preschool or grade school. It is a great way to familiarize your kid to new surroundings and meet their class fellows and teachers. Relaxed first day at school helps to calm down anxious children.
YUPPIE – NEW SCHOOL SUPPLIES
New school supplies and backpacks are tried and tested way to help children look forward eagerly to starting the new school year. You do not need to buy every single thing new for them, however. Consider buying things they can use over the year and do not forget to teach them to be thankful for all the brand new stuff.
RELEASE ALL THE ENERGY WITH AN AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITY
After a long summer break, it is difficult for kids to stay in a classroom seated for hours. All that pent-up energy needs a way to be released. Plan out something after school that your kid loves and enroll them into it starting with the new school year. It will help your kid to look forward to school days happily.
PREPARE THEM FOR THE UNEXPECTED
Priming your kids for a day with you is important. Tell them what unexpected events may happen and how they can tackle those without panicking. Discussing situations like a lost toy or a broken school supply can increase their readiness to tackle unforeseen circumstances.
Practicing these few tips and giving a lot of confidence to your budding scholar will go a long way in ensuring that school years starts on a happy note. Between all this do not forget to take care of your self and do squeeze in an hour or a half of self-calming activity. After all, this is a new routine for you too.
Happy new school year to you from team #SiddySays.