Back-to-school season is an exciting time for many students, but not for all.
For kids who are going to school for the first time or entering their first year of elementary or middle school, the start of a new school year can cause stress.
If your children are struggling with back-to-school anxiety, make the transition easier for them (and you, too) with these tips.
Start their new sleep schedule a week or two in advance
If the kids have been staying up later and sleeping in longer during the summer season, it may take time for them to adjust to a new sleep schedule.
Starting a few weeks before school starts, have the kids go to bed and wake up earlier so they can feel well-rested and energized on their first day back.
Get them back in the habit of studying
The first week back in school might feel overwhelming if your kids haven’t opened a book all summer. Set up a homework room for your kids so that they can refresh their minds before school starts.
Do a walk-through
Unfamiliar territory can make anyone feel anxious. Help your kids get to know the new school they’ll be attending by visiting it beforehand and showing them around.
If there are any back-to-school events taking place, attend with your kids so they can meet new teachers and students.
A new school year often means new experiences. Entering middle school might mean more responsibility while entering first grade could involve a new school and different classes.
Help your children prepare for these new experiences by discussing them beforehand, giving the kids an idea of what to expect.
Make it fun with back-to-school shopping
A new outfit or pair of shoes for your kids can boost their confidence on the big day and you’ll have the chance to bond with your little ones before they become busy with school.
The back-to-school season doesn’t have to be a stressful time. Help ease the kids’ anxiety with these tips and help them enjoy the start of a new school year.