I’ve shared 5 Ways to Help Kids Prepare for Back to School to let you know how helped Weston prepare for his first day of pre-K. I think being prepared ahead of time is key and you can do this by talking about how the kids are feeling and getting back into routine. Today I wanted to share a few more things we’re doing to help prepare for back to school at our house!
5 Ways to Help Kids Prepare for Back to School
I remember being excited for back to school time when I was younger but I know that’s not always the case for kids. It can be a rough transition from summer to school, especially for kids who might get to spend more time with family and friends during the summer. It can be hard to give that up and get back into the learning groove. But as a parent, I’m trying to make it as easy as I can for my kids!
1. Focus on the Positive
You’ll always hear me talk about being positive. If your child starts worrying, then try and get their mind off the worries. Use a redirection approach to try and keep your child’s mind off their upcoming “school” problems. The beauty of a new school year is that it can be a fresh start! But that doesn’t mean that old memories and worries won’t creep up. Just try to stay focused on all the possibilities!
2. Create a Timeline
You can help your child get ready for back to school by creating a timeline for your child. Let them know when school will be starting and what you’ll be doing as a family to prepare for this upcoming exciting time. Weston does great with countdowns. He loved them when we were planning for our summer vacation. So I think he would also love counting down to the first day of school!
3. Pick Your Battles
Some issues are going to come up around back to school time and they might have you wanting to pull your hair out. Just remember that your main focus is to help your child prepare and deal with back to school. You might have to choose with battles you deal with and which ones you learn to let go. Encourage your kids to express themselves in positive ways and just handle them with caring and compassion.
4. Talk Bullying
Could bullying happen to your child? Yes! It’s important to talk to your child about bullying and the effects it has on everyone involved. Make sure you talk to them about talking to an adult whenever something is happening that makes them uncomfortable. With Weston being so young, we don’t talk specifically about bullying, but we do talk about what to do if someone is doing something that he doesn’t like or that hurts his body or his heart.
5. School Behavior
There are definitely expectations for behavior at school that might not be exactly like what is expected at home. So make sure you talk about proper behavior with your child so they are prepared. It can be a bit of a shock on the first day of school if a child has never been to school in the past. And I think it’s a bit of a shock for the older ones too! It can be hard to move from the summer mindset back into the routine of school! A reminder of expectations can make all the difference!
So while it’s easy to focus on the new school supplies and the excitement of new clothes, it’s important to touch base with your kids about how they’re feeling (even if their young) and remind them of what is expected once school starts!
Talking about things can make it all go much smoother!
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