Back-to-school period can be very stressful depending on how you planned it. There are several things to do like shopping, schedules to keep, people to meet and appointments to make. Not to mention your child’s nerves about or resistance to the big day. We are in information age, technology has made things easy, here are some tips that will better prepare both you and your children for the inevitable disarray – and beat the fall blues while you’re at it.
PREPARE THE CALENDAR
Preparing a healthy meal is one thing and getting the children into routine is another thing, but parents need to settle into the new schedules as well. A helpful tip is to prepare the calendar as early as possible and hang it in a common area. That way, everyone in the house gets used to the idea that there are a million things to do, just around the corner! It will leave you feeling accomplished and ready.
VISIT THE SCHOOL WITH YOUR KIDS BEFORE RESUMPTION TO GET THEM FAMILIARIZED
Every child’s biggest fear is getting lost on the first day (Resumption day) – especially for kids entering a new level or school. A great way to ease their concerns is to take them there ahead of time. Walk the halls and get familiar with the settings. This will help both of you feel more prepared for a big day. This is particularly useful if your child already has their schedule, as they can find their locker and classroom colors changes.
SAVE MONEY WITHOUT LOSING TIME
Look to shopping / e-commerce website such as “UACNMARKET” to help you find the things you need at a reasonable price and reasonable time. Finding coupons and running store to store can be a real headache, but getting technology to get the work done for you is a major perk of today’s digital-age. Never underestimate the power of technology, it can really lighten the load so you have the time and energy to focus on your children’s back-to-school nerves!
This is a must to do. During the long holidays there are journeys, special sleep-overs and everything else that gets in the way of keeping a routine. When the fall rolls around, kids struggle to settle into proper eat-times, play time and bed-times. Starting this ahead of time will mean that by the time school starts, they will have normalized the routine. Of course, the struggle will still be there, but hopefully the worst of it will be over and done with.
GET THEM EXCITED FOR SCHOOL
Encourage them with books that comprise of school themes, school environments, coloring, school settlings and friends at school. This will remind them that going to school is expected and at the same time remind them that learning can be fun. Emphasize school days as mini adventures and point out that some of their favourite characters are school-kids as well.
START A NEW TRADITION
Someone in the house has the back-to-school blues? It could be a child, or a parent, or both. To beat the blues, create a new tradition that will begin when school does, and this will give everyone something exciting to look forward to. Be it picking out a breakfast cereals as gift for teacher or something more regular like special Monday breakfasts cereals (Grand Cornflakes) just be sure it’s something the family can do together.
After resumption, carefully follow up with them to ensure some basic things are right and ensure to choose clothing the night before school day, designate one place for clothes to keep house clean, keep shoes organized, make sure that your kids complete their homework before they go to bed, keep backpacks fully stocked so that they aren’t starve in school and organize your own items.