Getting a new school year off to a good start is more about positive attitudes than fresh school supplies. Keep these basics in mind to help the whole family launch a great year.
A is for Adjustment
Switching gears is a challenge for everyone and it will take time to adjust to new schedules and new environments. You can ease your child’s concerns by helping your child know what to expect. Attend your school’s open house or arrange for a visit before school starts.
A is for Attitude
Kids are going to be both excited and nervous when the new school year starts. You probably will be too! But offer a cheerful and upbeat attitude and show confidence for your kids. Let your children know you will be looking forward to hearing about their school day and send them off with a big smile.
B is for Balance
Priorities often get shifted away from family time during the school year in order to keep up with kids’ homework, athletics, and other activities. Take time to plan and organize schedules that leave room for family fun and spontaneous play. And don’t hesitate to stop an activity if it is causing stress or overloading your child’s schedule.
B is for Bedtime and Breakfast
Healthy meals and plenty of rest help make for smoother transitions. The week before school begins is a great time to start a new read-aloud that everyone wants to hear so kids are willing to snuggle up in bed even though it is still light out. Before bed is also a good time to lay out clothes for the next day to avoid rushing through breakfast to get dressed.
C is for Consistency
With everything new at school, routines at home can help soothe your child and create order. Start a bedtime routine appropriate for school nights well before school begins. Talk with your child about after school activities and homework time, and work out a schedule together so that everyone’s needs and expectations are met.
C is for Closeness
Your kids are going to be looking to you for reassurance about their new teacher, new faces in the classroom, and new situations. Address their concerns and talk up the things you know they like about school. You can also help ease anxieties with your own family back-to-school traditions. Choose activities where you get to talk and spend time together, such as a special dinner the night before, a relaxing spa day, or favorite cookies as an after school snack after the first day.