In a few days time, the kids will return to school after having a long summer break. For a lot of children, especially kids who are starting school for the first time, the lead up can be a nerve-wracking time. There’s a lot to think about and prepare for, and so it’s normal that little ones often feel nervous. As a parent, it’s your job to help your kids adjust to the return to school while ensuring that you’ve got everything properly prepared for it.
To help you prepare for your child’s return to school and deal with all the practicalities that come with it, here are a few tips that every mom should know. Returning to school can be hard for kids. While the preparation can be time-consuming and stressful for parents. So it’s important that you know what you need to be doing to make things easier for yourself and your child.
Get your child’s school supplies
You should have been sent a list of all the items that your child will require for the upcoming school year. This will include things like a sport’s kit, stationery, a pencil case, and so on. Don’t leave getting these items until the last minute. Otherwise, your local store may have sold out. If you’re worried about the cost of your child’s school supplies, you could consider buying them online. Often, you can pick up items cheaper online than you can at your local store, especially if you opt to buy them in bulk. To make starting school again a little more exciting for your child, ask them to help you pick their supplies. If they’re feeling nervous, the idea of getting some new bits and bobs may perk them up a little.
Take them for a haircut
Once school starts up again, life will get busy. There will be after school clubs to drop the kids to, playdates to arrange, and homework to help with. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to take your child for a haircut before school starts, so that you don’t have to stress about it for a couple of months. Plus, at the start of the year is always when class photos are done, so it’s important that your little one looks their best. When choosing a hairstyle for your child, make sure to think carefully about what you opt for, as you want it to be school-friendly. Remember, some hair styles aren’t allowed at school, so make sure to avoid all extreme styles. Oh, and if you’re getting your daughter’s haircut, make sure to opt for a style that still allows it to be put up. Otherwise, she may get in trouble during gym class.
Get all check-ups out of the way
If your child is due a dental or medical checkup, it’s best to get it out of the way before school starts. The last thing that you want to do is pull your child out of school for a health check, hence why it’s best to get all check-ups sorted before school restarts. Get your little one booked in for all the health checks that they’re due now, so that by the time school starts they’re all done and dusted. If you don’t have a dentist for your child – maybe you’ve recently moved, have a look online on sites like dentalgreeley.com. With a bit of research you should be able to find somewhere that’s suitable. The same applies for the doctor, if your child doesn’t have a pediatrician in the area, take the time to look for a good one.
Put a school bedtime routine in place
It’s all well and good sending your child to bed early once school starts but after weeks of being able to stay up late they may not adjust well. That’s why it’s a good idea to start their school bedtime routine a few days before school restarts. That way, you’ll give them the time that they need to adjust to their new, earlier bedtime. To help soothe them before bed, giving them a warm bath can work well. Following this by pajamas, teeth cleaning, and a story can help to make bedtimes a little smoother. It’s probably best to start getting them ready for bed half an hour before their actual bedtime. That way, you can ensure that they’re in bed at the designated time.
Talk to your children about their feelings
A mistake that many parents make is not talking to their kids about their feelings when it comes to school. Don’t make the same mistake, take the time to sit down with your little one and have a chat about returning to school. Ask them how they’re feeling about it – make sure to keep things positive. Don’t ask if they’re nervous, say something like ‘Are you excited to go back to school?’. That way, you’re not putting negativity into their head, you’re letting them tell you how they feel. If they say that they’re not excited, ask them why not and find out what’s bothering them. The chances are they’re worried about something that you can help them to overcome, such as being away from you. To make dealing with separation anxiety easier, use sites like babycenter.com for advice.
Practice getting ready and going to school
To help make going back to or starting school easier, practice getting ready and going to school. A couple of mornings before school restarts have a practice run. Wake your little one up at the time they need to get up for school and help them to get into their school clothes. Have breakfast, get in the car or on your bikes, and go to their school. Although you won’t be able to go into the school, you can help your child to get a feel for what going to school will be like. This can help to relieve any nerves that they may have and help to make the transition easier.
Going back to school or starting school can be stressful for kids, as it’s a major transition from what they’re used to. Hopefully, the above advice will help you to make the start of the school term that little bit easier and less stressful.