Summertime with the kids is a time to overindulge in potato salad and hot dogs, pool parties, road trips, and staying up late to watch movies. Who was thinking about textbooks, assignments, and spelling tests? Nobody!
Then, bam! All of a sudden, it’s back to school!
With the first day right around the corner, now is a good time to start thinking about how to establish some healthy routines that will stay rooted throughout the school year.
Here are a few tips to make the first day stress-free:
- Start talking about the return to school with your children—are they nervous, excited, anxious? Are there things you can do to relive their fears, such as visit the school, or walk or bike the safest route to school together? Plan a play date with a friend they haven’t seen since the last school year to help them reconnect.
- Professionals advise to spend some really quality family time together in the weeks leading up the big day: play games, read together, exercise, and engage in fun family activities.
- Start establishing earlier bedtimes well before the first day—that alarm clock buzzing early is mighty shocking to the system after a relaxing summer.
- Get organized! Shop for school supplies way in advance and let the kids help pick out their binders and folders.
- Get the first-day outfit ready. Shopping with your children and letting them choose a few fun items will help them feel confident.
- Be a role model and help your kids understand all of the things to look forward to—meeting new friends, starting new activities and sports, all of the interesting things they will learn, and explore.
- Start new eating habits and choose some healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner before the school year starts.
- If you have a childcare professional or after school care, talk to them about how your child is feeling, anything they should be aware of, and engage them in your healthier back to school routines and eating habits.
- Pack the backpacks and lay out clothes the night before to ensure for a stress-free morning.
- Plan a celebratory dinner the night after the first day. Eat together and talk about all of the things that happened—perhaps the kids can choose their favorite meal for the family to enjoy.
- Stay calm, plan your own time well, and honor your needs and downtime.
Deep breaths! You got this
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