It doesn’t take long after august long weekend for back to school signs to go up everywhere you look.
It seems summer break began only a short time ago and already we are exposed to back to school marketing, and social pressures to get organized for September.
With a full schedule looming for parents and kids, not to mention potential stress around kids changing schools, school transportation, paying for school supplies, etc., how can you make the most out of this time rather than let back to school blues settle in?
The American Psychological Association suggests the following:
Run through the school routine with your family
Set aside some time to talk as a family about the school routine. What time will everyone wake up at? How will kids get to and from school? What kind of lunches would they like that will be kid friendly and nourishing?
Discussing the routine together will ease everyone’s mind, removing fear of the unknown and helping to build a vision.
Get into the habit of going to bed early. Everyone should adjust their sleep schedule back too early to bed, early to rise, making the transition easier when school starts.
Empathize with your kids
Don’t overlook anxiety they might be feeling about change in the school year to come. New friends, potentially new schools; talk with your kids about how they are feeling to ease fear and have a better understanding of where they are at emotionally.
Get to know your neighbors and your community
Community can be such an essential support factor. Getting to know the other kids in the neighborhood before school starts is a great way for kids to start to feel comfortable with the people they go to school with. Also, parents can support one another with before and after school care and car-pooling.
Many community associations provide activities for families throughout the summer. Utilize these events as opportunities to get out there and meet people in your neighborhood.
As school gets closer here are some additional tips:
Getting into good eating habits can go a long way. Make sure everyone eats a healthy breakfast in the morning and packs a good hearty lunch.
Pack the night before
Have everyone pack their school bags the night before and put them near the front door. This way there is less running around in the morning and less chance of forgetting something.
Create a back to school tradition that is fun and exciting like a barbeque or an annual visit to the water-slide park, or family game night.
This will build excitement and a sense of celebration for the coming school year.
Seek expert advice if you need help
If, throughout the year you are feeling overwhelmed and need the help of an expert, reach out for professional support. Self-help can be very beneficial from Psychology, to massage therapy. Look for a wellness centre near you.
Keep a positive perspective. The new school year holds so many exciting opportunities and experiences. Celebrate with each other every step of the way!
Do you have any tips or suggestions on strategies your family uses for back to school bliss? Share with us!