After a fun-filled summer of relaxed schedules and extended bedtimes, returning to back to school regimens can be a very difficult transitionfor most children. Particularly, if there were little or no parameters enforced throughout the summer, this can be a stressful time. So if you’ve been guilty of “no schoolbook, no rule-book,” now’s the time to re-calibrate. Emergency call for structure and organization, STAT.
Whether your child is entering Kindergarten or returning back to a familiar school, most kids experience some level of anxiety prior to the first day of school. New routines can be scary. No matter how old the child, they fear the unknown because it is unpredictable. Studies have revealed that children adapt better when they are prepared and know what to expect.
As parents, the best way to ease your children’s trepidations is with steady and consistent preparation. The power of organizationcan be calming because readiness exudes a significant measure of confidence. So if you haven’t already started to organize for school, start now. Have those conversations about the first day of school.
- Review their school supplies with them and pack up their school bags now. Why not be ready?
- Discuss the new schedule; and morning and nighttime routines.
- If what they wear is a concern for them, come up with a plan to make the mornings less stressful.
- Start adjusting their bedtimes now so they can adapt to the eventual earlier rise. Teach them the value of being punctual and being prepared.
- Make rules. Children need parameters. In fact, they require them to make them feel safe.
Clarify your expectations. Discuss the rules. But above all, listen.
Listen to their fears or worries. You can alleviate a great deal of their concerns by organizing their routine, their stuff, even their thoughts. Pre-schoolers will require a lot more instruction and direction to feel secure. But think about it, even students entering High School have an orientation day to aid them with their distinguishable transition. Most schools offer a walking tour prior to the first day, so inquire within your school district to schedule one if your child is apprehensive.
Do whatever you can to make your child feel at ease. It could be a trial run to school, making a play date with a classmate, or jotting down helpful reminders or guidelines to keep in their book bag.
Everyone feels more comfortable when they are prepared and are informed. Rules aren’t exclusively designed just for school. It’s part of life’s lessons.
For most of us, preparing your children for life is a parent’s eternalhomework, don’t you think?