And just like that, it’s back to school time!
It’s no secret that schools can be a stressful place for younger children and parents alike. Fortunately, there are simple ways you can mitigate this! Here are 5 tips on how to help your kids head back to school and have a great school year in 2023!
#1 Routine is king
As a parent, you know that your child’s education is one of the most important things in their life. However, there is often a lot to juggle in addition to the school day. Extracurricular activities, homework, time to recharge and recover…you name it!
To avoid chaos, it’s a good idea to set up a daily routine. A routine can help your children know what to expect and make it easier on everyone, so it’s a win for the entire family!
Seasoned parent tip: make sure to get your kids involved in planning so they feel in control. It’s also important to stay flexible and adjust your daily rhythm as needed. For example, if your morning routine isn’t working and everyone is perpetually rushed, don’t hesitate to change it up by waking up 15 minutes earlier or simplifying breakfast.
#2 Make sure kids have good school supplies
While it's not the most exciting topic, quality school supplies are a must when going back to school. Make sure your kids have a good backpack that can hold all their stuff, a lunchbox or two (one for home and one for school), and pens and pencils that write well. And of course, don’t forget the all-important school uniforms.
#3 Be a positive voice for school
You are your child's biggest cheerleader! If you can't remember the last time you talked about the positive aspects of going back to school. Today is the day to start.
Once the school year starts, keep it up! If your child comes home and tells you about an exciting science project, ask them to tell you more about it. Or if they had a funny interaction with their teacher or school friend that day, encourage them to share it with you. If there was anything in particular that stood out from their day at school, ask them what made those moments special.
#4 Fuelled kids are happy kids
Make sure you have a variety of nutritious foods in your kitchen so that your children can eat well at home before they head out into the world with their peers at school!
Juggling kids’ preferences and healthy eating can be a tough gig. If a child doesn't like the food you pack for them, they won’t eat it. At the same time, you can’t send them to school with just chips and chocolate milk either. Both extremes can lead to hunger and poor concentration in class, so finding balance is key.
#5 Ask questions about the school day
Talk to your kids about their school activities - this shows them you genuinely care! Ask them what they learned, what they did at recess, and if they have any questions. Find out if they are having any problems in class or with their friends. Which may negatively impact their mental health if unresolved.
Talk to your child's teacher about how he or she is doing so you can help your child through the transition of going back to school.
We hope these back to school tips will help you have a great school year with your child. The most important thing to remember is to make sure they enjoy their time in school, and keep them engaged in their education so they can succeed.