If you’ve got kids there’s no point in asking “for whom the bell tolls”, it tolls for them! It’s the end of an enjoyable seven-day holiday and school’s back but for some kids, the prospect of heading back to regular classes and disciplinary teachers just isn’t ideal. So here’s what you can do as a parent to get them raring to learn and ease the stress of their back to school antics:
1. Set Up A Routine Well In Advance
If possible, it’s best to establish bedtimes and wake-up times a few days in advance of the start of school. By the time the first school bell rings, kids will already be on the right sleeping schedule and it will be one less worry for your family.
2. Plan Healthy Meals
The better you plan out the meals in your home, the healthier choices you will make for your kids. When you pack protein-rich snacks and lunches, balanced with fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome items, you ensure that your children will have the energy and brainpower to make it through their school days. Also, many kids don’t like eating breakfast before heading out so why not prepare a nutritious drink, like a cup of Milo with skim milk, instead?
3. Set Up A Staging Area
Find a central spot to store everything related to school, including backpacks, upcoming outfits, and a dry erase calendar with family schedules. Try to keep this area free of clutter and other non-school items so that you can find what you need, when you need it—and quickly. Have the kids help you stock it with school-related items and keep it clean and functional.
4. Talk To Them About Bullying
Research shows that one in three kids experience bullying at some point in their school career—and in the increasingly digital world, the consequences can be extreme. Make sure your kids understand the right way to treat their peers, and when to speak up if they see someone else being bullied. Also make sure they know when to come to you if they feel they are being bullied.
5. Ask Them About Their Concerns
The restart of school is exciting, but can also bring some anxiety —especially when it comes to the unknown. Take a few minutes to ask your kids what they are most looking forward to for the rest of the school year, and what things may be worrying them. By giving them a forum to express their concerns, you can help them work through any worries in advance of school restarting and clear up any issues that could lead to any bumps in their learning process.