Back to School: Get Your Kids Ready for the Transition

With back to school season fast approaching, it’s time to start getting the kids ready to transition back to the school mindset. For most kids, this means getting up early, eating breakfast, less TV or video game time and maybe even getting some exercise. Other kids will need other prep, like getting ready for sports seasons. No matter what your kid is involved in during the school year, there isn’t much time left of summer for them to enjoy. It’s also important to let them enjoy the last few moments before this new school year begins, so they can start off feeling rested and excited.

Tips for kids going back to school

Back to school can be an exciting time, or a scary time. Especially for kids going to a new school, or ones starting school for the first time, there can be a sense of fear or nervousness. Here are a few tips to help everyone get the year off right:

  • Once you have the list of necessary supplies for their new class, head to the store together. Of course, it’s important to shop smart and save money; but it can help kids get excited if they can pick out one or two special items. Maybe a fun folder or new lunchbox can help them feel more ready.
  • Start getting them up a bit earlier each day, so that alarm on the first day of school isn’t so shocking.
  • Let them choose a breakfast cereal or other favorite food. Get them into the idea that breakfast is an important meal.
  • Hopefully your kids have had some time to read, or maybe do some math problems. But if not, now would be a great time to pull out a beloved book and get them back into the mindset of school by reading for fun.

Tips for adults at the start of a new school year

Back to school isn’t just a transition time for kids; it can also be a transition for the adults! Here are some tips for adults, who may be parents or may just be neighbors to some kids heading back to class:

  • Slow down as you drive to and from work. Now that school is almost back in session, there may be more kids out and about – and those school zones may have slower speed limits than summertime.
  • If you are a parent, be ready to talk to your child when they come to you about fears, nerves, excitement or any other emotion they’re feeling. Let them know that it’s okay – whatever they feel is perfectly normal. You can also ease their fears by reminding them that you are there for them.
  • Talk to the children in your life (your kids, nieces, nephews, neighbors you may babysit, etc.) about the afterschool plan, if you are involved in that. Be sure everyone knows the school drop-off and pick-up plans, locations and times, as well as any afterschool afternoon activities, like sports, clubs or homework.

If you have a favorite back to school tip that’s worked for your family, share it on social media so others may be able to make this transition go smoothly!

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