Child Back to School | Child Room DecorationAuthor: vikas
For kids (and for some parents) the summer vacation months fly by and all too soon it's time to head back to school. As fall approaches, so does back-to-school stress. Kids worry about everything from their new teacher to missing the bus to forgetting their lunch. The worrying can be especially bad for kids starting school for the first time, or those moving on to middle school or high school.
Parents can help make the transition back to school a fun and exciting experience. Share a story from your school days with your child. Did you go to school one day in second grade without your homework? Did you get teased in middle school? Did you get lost the first day of high school? Sharing these stories will let your child know that you have been through what they're experiencing and that you lived to joke about it.
Here are a few additional tips for making the switch from summer to school go more smoothly. While these suggestions are especially helpful for dealing with younger kids, some of them will be useful with older kids as well.
1. A week before the first day of school, have your kids start going to bed at their school-night bedtime instead of the summertime bedtime. Establish a routine that includes taking a bath or shower, brushing teeth and relaxing with a book. Set an alarm clock for the correct wake-up time. This will help with fears of not waking up and missing the school bus.
To help establish those important bedtime routines, give your children something to look forward to. Kids can brush their teeth with toothbrushes and toothpaste featuring the dinosaur characters from the popular "The Land Before Time" videos or Woody Woodpecker and slip into fun pajamas sporting Curious George.
2. Make shopping for school supplies a family affair. Most schools provide students with a list of required items, but even these necessities can be fun to shop for. The wide variety of styles and themes to choose from lets kids express their individuality.
3. If your child is worried about getting lost in a new school, arrange for a tour before the start of the year. Use the tour to find your child's classroom, the lunchroom, the bathroom and other landmarks. If your child is riding the bus for the first time, do a dry-run of the bus route in your car so your child knows what to expect.
4. Get in the habit of choosing school clothes the night before. This will help the next morning get off to a calm start. If your children pick their own clothes, you'll also avoid arguments about what they want to wear. Having fun and comfortable clothes to put on in the morning makes getting dressed less of a battle. Kids love to wear their favorite characters on t-shirts and hats -- like the ever-popular Curious George, Chilly Willy, Woody Woodpecker, Butt-Ugly Martians and "The Mummy" television series.
5. Have your kids load up their backpacks the night before, too. Check for lunch money, library books, school supplies and anything else they may need. This eliminates a mad rush around the house in the morning looking for that misplaced homework.
Sometimes kids need some encouragement to develop new, more efficient habits. For example, they're more likely to use that new backpack if they have a say in picking it out. Younger kids will love a backpack featuring Curious George. Older elementary school kids might choose a backpack featuring characters from "The Mummy" or the "Butt-Ugly Martians." If your child takes their lunch to school, they can choose a matching lunchbox as well.