Transitioning into the new school year
Getting back into the swing of things may be stressful for kids and parents. Here are a few tips for getting back on track and having a successful school year.
List your goals. Think about how this one can be better than last year. Are you hoping for higher grades or better behavior or would you like to get them more involved in sports or social activities?
Budget ahead. The first few months of the school year are especially expensive. To avoid financial stress, list and prepare for upcoming expenditures like clothes, supplies, fees and extracurricular activities such as clubs and sports.
Stay ahead of the routine. Getting everyone into a routine is key to balancing a demanding schedule. Things like meal prepping, laying out clothes and packing bookbags the night before school days will make mornings much easier.
Discuss back to school issues. New schools, teachers or routines are stressful for kids. Discuss their fears and remind them that they survived last year’s changes. Maintain periodic check-ins throughout the year to keep the lines of communication open.
Maintain a strong home-to-school communication link. Regardless of age, an open communication with school staff is imperative. Set up face-to-face meetings with teachers and exchange email or phone information. Log in often to the school’s parent portal. Remember, you know your child better than anyone so be alert to changes in behavior and don’t be afraid to express what needs to be done for your child’s best interest.