• Kait Towner, LMHC, RPT, CCPT, IMH-E

3 Ways To Prep Your Child to Go Back to School

It's that time of year again! Back to school!

Parents and kids alike have mixed feelings about the upcoming transition......

Kids may be excited to see their friends on a more consistent basis, but upset that they have to get up early again and face that dreaded homework.

Parents, on the other hand, may be excited to finally get the kids out of the house!

Whatever you or your child may be feeling about the upcoming transition, the facts are clear: they are going to go back to school. So how can you help support your child and family in this upcoming change? Read below to get my three top tips for helping your child transition to going back to school!

1. Get back into the routine

For at least the week prior to going back to school (ideally the month before-but who's got time for that?!) it can be incredibly helpful to get back into the school day routine for sleeping and eating. For many kids (and parents alike!) it can be incredibly challenging to adjust to waking up early or having lunch/snacks at a more structured time. Stepping back into the school routine rips the metaphorical band aid a little bit earlier, making it that much easier for your family to transition to your school work routine.

2. Expose your kids to school

This tip is especially for kiddos that are transitioning to a new school, but is really great for everyone! It can be scary (and exciting!) to go to a new place. To increase your child's comfort with the new, spend as much time at school as you can prior to school starting. This can be playing at the school playground, going to an open house, reading about going back to school, or even connecting with peers that will be in your child's class. The more comfortable that children are to the school setting, the less anxious your child will be and the easier the transition back to school will be for all!

3. Validate

Children can feel so many different emotions when going back to school. As a parent or caregiver, it is vital to validate that all of your child's feelings about going to school. Validation communicates to your child that their feelings are normal and acceptable. Your child may even have some "mixed up" feelings, which are important to validate as well. Check in with your child about how they are feeling about going back to school. You can even share with them how you are feeling about them going back to school to model the normalcy of using feeling words. For example, "I'm feeling proud that you are going into first grade, but nervous about you riding the bus for the first time."

I hope these tips help ease your family's transition back to school!

Are you a parent that loves your child but hates to discipline them? There's still a few spaces in my upcoming Conscious Parenting Group that is just for caregivers like you! Contact me today at (585) 206-1506 to schedule a consult!

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