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Back to School 2018

It’s that time of year where parents are loading up with notebooks, paper, pencils, pens and other stationery items and preparing the kids (and themselves) for a brand-new school year ahead. Preparation goes beyond stocking up on paper and pens though as it also involves getting the kids mentally ready to tackle the school year after a long summer of longer days with later nights, more time spent with family, and no homework. Expecting kids to go back into a routine is not realistic and can be difficult for everyone. Here are a few tips on how to get the family ready for the 2018/19 school year.

Get Kids Back into Routine

The biggest shock of going back to school is going from being up to stay up later to suddenly having a stricter, earlier bedtime and time to get up. This can be especially hard if the days are still warm and pleasant, a perfect day to pay outside. Know how hard it sometimes seems to go back to work after a vacation? It’s just as bad for kids, having weeks off to enjoy themselves.

If you weren’t strict about summer bedtimes before, a week before school starts is a good time to start implementing a reasonable school-day bedtime. Also, make sure your little ones get up at a reasonable time too.

Set a time when electronics need to be turned off. Using smartphones or tablets at night stimulate the brain, making it harder to get and stay asleep. Turn them off at a reasonable time before it’s time for bed to help your children get a good night’s sleep and feeling refreshed in the mornings.

When school is back in session, many experts have recommended setting your own alarm to at least 15 minutes prior to your children getting up. You don’t want to be rushing around trying to get them to rush too, as it will just create early morning chaos none of us want. Ask your children the night before what they want for their breakfast, and only give choices that you have time for. If you don’t have time to make pancakes, bacon, and eggs then take that off the menu. Also, prepare lunches the night before. This will give everyone time to get ready without the rush and feel better about starting the day.

This is the perfect time to also encourage your child to become more responsible with their education. Create a timetable that works for the whole family on a whiteboard, so they can physically see a schedule. They will know ahead of time when activities are and when homework can be done.

Become Mentally Prepared

Getting into a routine is part of becoming mentally prepared for back to school. There are other things you can do to help your child become ready for learning.

Go over the previous year with your child and see what areas could use a bit of help. Set some goals together for the new year ahead, what they want to achieve, and how they will achieve it. What motivates them and how can that be implemented into the new year that sees them achieve their goals? Setting these targets will have them ready to get started with the new year!

The biggest distraction in school are our friends, and there seems to be a lot to talk about after time off. Consider arranging a meet up with friends before the year starts for a good catch-up. Get all the chit-chat about summer out of the way before stepping into the classroom!

Starting a New School?

Starting a new school can be a scary thing for many, like when moving from elementary school to middle school like we outlined in our last blog Moving from Elementary to Middle School. If this is the case for your child, then there are a few things you can do to help him/her adjust:

  • Visit the school and meet the teacher is possible
  • Look at maps of the school
  • Read the curriculum together
  • Find out about extra-curricular activities that may be on where your child can meet friends with a common interest
  • Go visit places where your child may meet new friends at the same school, like the local park or library.

Going back to school doesn’t need to be stressful – make it a more fun and easy transition with our tips! Do you have any tips for parents you can share with us? Comment or follow us on social media to share We’d love to hear from you!

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