As the summer comes to an end and back-to-school season begins, it’s common for both parents and children to experience some anxiety. Even though it’s only August, summer always seems to go by too quickly. School bells ringing to begin a new year will be here before we know it.
To guide you, we’ve set up a list of the top things to prepare to ensure that your child’s first day of school goes smoothly for both you and them.
Things to Prepare for Back to School
1. Establish a morning routine
Your children should be awakened at their usual time for waking up in the morning. Helping older kids set an alarm will enable them to take charge of their own morning wake-up ritual.
2. Always eat healthy breakfast
By now, everyone is aware that kids need a healthy breakfast to get them ready for the day. Include wholesome breakfast alternatives like whole grain toast, apples, and bananas. Instead of the mid-morning crash they might experience from sugary cereals, this will provide them with the energy they need to remain mentally alert throughout the day.
3. Stock up on school supplies
Take your kid shopping for the back-to-school items that will help him or her start the year off well. Your child will begin to consider (and become enthusiastic about) the forthcoming school year as they shop for backpacks, binders, and pencil cases.
4. Read every day
Summertime shouldn’t be a break from learning. Spend at least 30 minutes reading aloud to your child each day. This will support retaining him or her in the rhythm of daily education and learning.
5. Make it a habit to prepare your kids’ clothes the night before
Have your child decide what to wear the night before to avoid hurried mornings. Allow them to choose from a few selections if you have any. Set up a schedule for doing this even before the start of the school year to help your child develop the habit of thinking ahead.
6. Establish a bedtime routine.
Over the summer holiday, early bedtimes are typically abandoned, but growing minds require enough of sleep to be prepared to learn. Reestablish a regular bedtime schedule now to prevent your child from staying up late the night before the start of school.
Whether your child is excited to return to school and see their friends or nervous about the numerous changes that lie ahead, they may need your assistance to get settled. Your child needs to know they are not going on this new adventure alone. Remind them that you will face any difficulties together and that, no matter just what future school year brings, you will always be there for them.