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After a fun-filled summer, getting back into a school routine can be a challenge for both parents and children alike. Help ease the transition of going back to school by using these five tips.
Prepare for the Next Day, Today
During the school year, make sure to include prep for the next day into your evening routine. Pick out an outfit, have a lunch ready to go, make sure homework is done, and backpacks are packed. Mornings can be hectic! Being as prepared as possible the night before will help things go more smoothly as you start your day.
Ease Into Your Back-to-School Routine
Switching from a laid-back summer routine to a timely school schedule can be stressful for everyone in your home. Avoid some of that stress by practicing your daily routine before the first day of school. Set an alarm, practice getting ready, and even practice getting to the bus stop or driving to school. Knowing what to expect and removing some of the unknowns will help to make the back-to-school transition easier on you and your child.
Let Them Help You Prepare
When it comes to buying new school supplies, backpacks, clothes, etc., let your children be a part of this process when appropriate. Allowing them to help pick out their new things will give them a sense of ownership and get them excited about going back to school.
Start a Special Family Tradition
Create a family tradition around the first day of school such as a special breakfast, a fun dessert, or a prize that your child gets after a successful first day. By doing this, it will show your child that school is important and is something to be celebrated and to get excited about.
Arrange Playdates with Friends from School
Before school starts, arrange some playdates for your child with friends from school. Having some familiar faces on the first day of school can help with the big adjustment, and knowing they get to be with their friends throughout the day can help to build excitement.
We wish you and your family a great school year!