Back to School Tips
The return of school can be filled with many emotions from excitement to anxiety to sadness and joy. Both children and parents can experience an increase in stress level related to the start of school for all of those reasons. Here are some tips to help prepare for the transition.
1.Parents should be aware of their own stress levels related to the start of school and how that might transfer to their children. Also, be aware that children are experiencing higher stress levels but might not be able to express their emotions.
2.Empathize with children about their fears-reassure them that it is normal to feel nervous about going back to school; even if it's the same school with the same peers. Consider role-play to practice how to reconnect with old friends. If your child is starting a new school, take a tour of the school, attempt to meet other children who will be at the new school, and practice morning routine (getting up, going to the new bus stop, etc.)
3. Re-establish bedtime routines at least 1 week before school starts; particularly if routines were largely changed over the summer.
4. Be aware that the first week or month of school will be filled with unknowns and plan for difficulty with the transition back to school. Provide them with increased reminders about where to put their backpacks, where to do their homework and when and help them structure their before and after school schedules. Provide more support in getting them started on tasks and praise them for compliance with requests frequently to help them get back into the school routine.
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