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Back to School Tips for Parents

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It’s normal for kids and parents to be anxious about returning to school because it means hundreds of new experiences, such as new friends, teachers, clothes, and classrooms.

These ten back-to-school suggestions will assist parents and their children in transitioning from vacation mode to a school mentality:

  1. Plan and prepare ahead of time.
    • Make a list of items that contain all of the necessary clothing, lunch boxes, backpacks, and other materials that can be purchased ahead of time. Make sure you don’t go shopping at the last minute.
  2. Plan your bedtime and wake-up routine ahead of time.
    • A key back-to-school tip for parents is to establish a sleep routine two weeks before classes begin. Getting kids ready for bed will help them maintain a regular sleeping schedule and take one worry off your shoulders. Make sure your child sleeps for at least 8 to 10 hours every night.
  3. Make a weekly meal plan and a to-do list.
    • Making a weekly to-do list that includes everything from meal prep to kids’ clothing to monitoring their weekly schedules at school is the simplest way to guarantee a stress-free morning routine. This will spare you and your children any last-minute craziness.
  4. Develop a safety-first mindset.
    • One of the most important parts of getting your kids ready for the first day of school is to emphasize safety. Ensure that your kids are conscious of both their environment and their own physical safety. Parents should teach their younger children how to spell their names, how to call them at their phone number, and how to call a responsible adult at their phone number.
  5. Communication is the key.
    • Talk to your children to understand their feelings and how you can support them in having a positive first-day experience. This conversation will make your child’s transition back to school fun.
  6. Get to know the new teachers.
    • Let your children get familiar with the new classes and teachers. Try to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the teachers.
  7. Talk to your children about bullying.
    • Teach your children how to deal with bullies by bringing them to the attention of a teacher, a counselor, or you. Tell them about the negative impacts of bullying. Ensure that they show respect for their classmates.
  8. Setup a school area at home.
    • Set up an area in the home to keep everything related to school, including your children’s attire, backpacks, and school supplies. Give your kids the opportunity to organize and stock their school supplies.
  9. Create a positive space.
    • Once school starts, it is important to establish a welcoming and positive environment for doing homework. Create a dedicated study space for your children that is free of distractions and offers a calm and encouraging learning atmosphere.
  10. Create a list of after-school activities.
    • To keep your children engaged after school, encourage them to participate in creative activities. Examples include playing board games, making art, and other activities.
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