Back to school - you ready or unsure?

Back to school - you ready or unsure?

Back to school is only 3 weeks away. Are you ready? Maybe you have a kid starting school for the first time or kids returning. Last year my eldest child started school and like anything new it came with uncertainty for both my son and for me. 

Below I’ve noted some tips for heading back to school or starting for the very first time that might help you feel a little more prepared and confident ahead of time.

  • During the holidays sleep schedules can become a little more relaxed. Begin adjusting your child's sleep schedule and daily routine a couple of weeks before school starts to ease the transition. 
  • Involve your child in selecting school supplies; it can make them feel excited and prepared for the new school year.  The school/teacher will provide a stationary list to allow you to buy this ahead of school starting.  Don't forget to check what lunch supplies you need to buy/replace such as lunch box, insulated lunch bag (to keep food cold and safe) and drink bottles.
  • If your child is starting school for the first time or changing schools, if possible, visit the school beforehand. Familiarity with the environment can help alleviate first-day jitters.
  • Discuss what your child can expect in terms of schedule, teachers, and classmates. Open communication fosters confidence.
  • Focus on the positive aspects of school, like making new friends, learning new things, and exploring exciting activities.
  • Designate a quiet and organized space at home for homework to establish good study habits from the start.
  • Label your child's belongings to avoid mix-ups and make it easier for them to keep track of their items.
  • Foster independence by teaching basic skills like tying shoelaces, zipping up backpacks, and managing lunch containers.
  • Your attitude influences your child's perception. Stay positive, and your child is more likely to approach school with a positive mindset.

Remember, every child is unique, so tailor these tips to fit your child's personality and needs.  Hopefully these tips will help you ease the kids and you in the backyard to school preparation this year. 

Enjoy the preparation ahead of school starting back!

- Sam

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