Getting ready for a new school year can be stressful. A new teacher, possibly a new class or even a new school, back to school shopping, getting that school calendar deciphered, these are all concerns that can crop up the weeks before the new school year. Here are five best practices for a stress free (or at least stress-less) back to school:
1. Touch Base with your child’s New Teacher
It’s not just you and your child getting to know the new teacher. They are getting to know your child, too. It would help both your teacher and your child if you connect and just let them know that you want to be on the same page communicating your child’s needs during the year. An email, a handshake, a nice handwritten note, these are all great ways to let them know you acknowledge their role in your child’s life during the year.
2. Let the school know if there have been Contact Information changes
You may think you’ve let everyone know you’ve moved over the summer, but the one place you forgot to update was the school. Ooops! Well, it’s a quick fix to just send them an email or a call to update the school. Without your current information communication will be difficult and it’s in your child’s best interest to keep up to the moment.
3. Make your Child the priority
This is the time to focus on your child. Tell your child you love them as much as possible. Don’t make back to school too emotionally charged. Give your child a sense of confidence in their ability to move into this new year socially and academically.
Talk about school routines, expectations for the year. Be clear about the goals for the whole family for the year being careful not to create individual pressure. Use calendars and fun decals if this motivates them to keep up with their activities.
4. Be There!
It is easy to lose sight of the most important things, distracted by the every day. You have a lot going on in your life. It is understandable. But don’t forget to be there for your child. Let them vent their frustrations, laugh about life’s funny moments, share their anxieties, misbehave on occasion. This is a time of change for them, emotionally, physically, mentally, and they need ways to express it. Be there!
5. Get organized
This may be the hardest of all the steps. But it will pay off in the end. Get organized so that you are ready for the start of the year. Have your child’s supplies ready. Have plenty of lunch and snack items for packing. Have clothes in their proper place for easy mornings.
With your help, your child is going to know what it’s like to feel prepared and feel less overwhelmed starting off their new school year. Good job, super parent!