The lazy days of summer are a great time
for kids and families to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy some “unscheduled” fun! As
the summer winds down, the familiar commercial jingles and back to school ads
are hard to ignore. Anticipation of “Back to School” and “getting back to
routine” can bring up mixed feelings of excitement, eagerness, and worry for
kids and parents. For some, back to
school can be anxiety provoking. While
it’s important to soak up every last bit of summer, getting ourselves prepared for
the new school year can help make the transition smoother.
Here a few ways to help our kids feel
prepared for September:
1. Get back into routine. With summer
comes a more relaxed schedule, and kids can become accustomed to either sleeping
in or staying up later. It can be helpful to get back into their “normal”
morning and bedtime routine a few days before the start of school so the first
day of school isn’t a shock to their sleep cycle.
2. Discuss first day expectations. Not knowing what to expect their first day can
make kids feel anxious. Validating and normalizing your child’s worry is
important. Having a conversation around classroom or teacher changes, seeing
old friends, and making new ones can be helpful.
3. Get them involved in preparation, and allow
them to have some control over the process. Some kids get excited by shopping
for new school supplies and backpacks. For those kids who dread it, allowing
them to choose one or two special items can make the process less painful. But
be careful to not go overboard! Sometimes back to school shopping can be
overwhelming and we can end up spending a lot of money on unnecessary supplies.
Start with the basics and wait to see what else is required as the term
progresses. For some kids, choosing their
first day of school clothes and laying them out the night before can be fun, and
it helps with the morning routine the first day too!
Remember that it is completely normal
for your child to feel some anxiety about school. Acknowledging this worry if
your child expresses it will be far more helpful than telling them there’s
nothing to worry about. Trying out these tips might help calm the jitters, and
make you and your child feel more prepared for the coming school