Ask a Trainer
Feeling Fox has some questions from FOCUS Families for our Resilience Trainers. Mandy Hevener from FOCUS Camp Pendleton offers her advice for families heading back to school.
Since we have PCS'd this summer, my child has been feeling anxious about starting a new school. How can I support my child through this transition?
It's normal for your child to feel nervous. Allow your child to have time and space to express their feelings. Here are a few ways your can combat nerves and make the transition a bit easier:
- Validate their feelings.
- Communicate with the teacher about how your child is feeling.
- Join play dates during the summer to help your child make new friends.
- Set a positive tone about school. For example, "What are some things at school you are excited for?"
We are having a tough time getting ready in the morning for school. How can we leave the house on time without all of us feeling frustrated with one another?
Mornings can be hectic! Here are a few tips I like to give families looking to streamline their routine:
- Think of tasks that can be done the night prior, such as getting the lunches ready!
- Make a morning tasks list (use pictures for younger children) and have each child check them off as each task is completed.
- Hold a family meeting to discuss expectations around the new morning routine. Allow time for questions for all family members.
- Praise your child over the smallest of efforts. If expectations are not met, then try again tomorrow.