Posted on: July 31, 2017
The Back to School Bells are ringing!! Our Blog this month will focus on preparing our children and ourselves for the transition back to school.
Featured Expert: Dr. Donna Marino, Psy.D
Back to School Time
I can’t believe it is August already and the kids are getting ready to go back to school! My house is a mixture of emotions: excitement, anticipation, nerves, apprehension, some of us are looking forward to having more structure and others of us are sad at the loss of lazy summer days. So many emotions! But it’s important to recognize that we all respond differently to these changes. So, how can we prepare our children and ourselves for the transition back to school?
Start transitioning to a more regular schedule. Slowly begin going to bed earlier and getting up earlier until you have transitioned back to a regular school schedule. Try to plan more regular meal times in order to foster this schedule.
Start talking to your kids about their feelings about returning to school and even share your own. Are they excited to see their friends and meet their new teachers? Or do they dread the thought of homework and meeting new people? Talk about it and get to know your children’s wishes, dreams and fears for the upcoming year.
Plan some goals for the year together. Maybe your child has difficulty with meeting new people. Perhaps you set a goal to make on new friend this year or to join a club or activity at school. Maybe your child struggles academically, perhaps you make a goal to ask the teacher for help. Set a reasonable goal together that your child can look forward to accomplishing and identify the ways you can support your child in reaching his/her goals.
Create an end of summer ritual; a way to mark the transition, to say goodbye to summer and prepare for the next adventure. Maybe go out for ice cream and talk about the best parts of this summer and what they are looking forward to in the new school year; maybe have an end of summer bonfire with friends and family or maybe create a craft from the memories of this summer. Get your children involved in the planning of the ritual and make a new tradition out of it.
Most of all, enjoy the time together, slow down, and be present to the final moments of summer together in order to begin the new school year recharged and rejuvenated.