5 Ways to Ease the Back-to-School Transition
5 WAYS TO EASE THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL TRANSITION
By the time August rolls around, there is an air of anticipation as the start of another school year beckons. Parents might be relieved, kids might be anxious, but everyone needs to prepare for a big change in schedule.
After long, lazy days of summer, being able to stay up late and sleep in, school can be a tough transition for everyone. There are several things you can do before school begins to make that transition easier. Here are five recommendations:
It might be met with scorn, but starting to implement an earlier bedtime a little while before school begins ensures a less jarring experience. Trying to slowly get the bedtimes to what they will be when the school year starts, will help tremendously as they get re-acquainted with those early morning wake-ups.
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Make Shopping Fun
Taking kids shopping might not be the first thing they want to do on a summer day, but back-to-school shopping can be a great way to get them involved in the transition. All new gear, notebooks, backpacks and clothes goes a long way in getting them (at least a little) excited about the new year.
Once the teacher assignments have come out, there is usually a class list that circulates where parents enter their contact information. See if you can organize a meet-up at a playground before school starts so there are familiar faces in the classroom on a nerve-wracking first day.
Managing the schedules of everyone in the family can become a logistical nightmare without the right organization. Find a calendaring app that both parents can use/input, or rely on Google Calendar for all appointments, work travel, practices and lessons. Keeping tabs on the family calendar as a whole will reduce confusion and miscommunication about what’s on for today, next week, next month.
The end of summer doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. With a few steps of preparation and a positive attitude, the start of school can be a fun, exciting and less stressful new beginning for everyone in the family.