Some of us have the routine down to a science, while some of us are gearing up for our first try: it’s nearing the end of August, and that means schools are starting up across the country. That also means that parents have to prepare both themselves and their children for the year to come. It’s an exciting, but sometimes stressful period.
Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the game, sending your little one off to school can be a tough task. Gone are the lazy days of summer. In their place come homework (if your child is old enough) and schedules, which can cause stress for your little one. As a parent, it’s vitally important that you prepare them to succeed, but you knew that.
In an ideal world, you had your little one engaged in learning all summer with fun books, travel, games and summer camps. However, in the weeks leading up to school, you really need to get your child back into the “zone.” This can be done in several ways: for starters, begin to wake them up earlier. This can alleviate morning grogginess, and will prepare your child for early morning class. Your kid’s new teacher might also appreciate it if you review the proper way to act in class — like an angel, of course!
But there’s a lot more you can do! Make a schedule with your child for the school year, one you both agree on. Set aside a time for homework, a time for play, and a time for anything else you two find important. Also, designate a spot around the house dedicated to studying! This can go a long way towards helping your child get in the mood to study, and can trick them into thinking they are a little professional with their very own office.
Time management goes a long way, and teaching your child to properly use his or her time will create a more successful adult. Remember: the values and skills you instill in them now will remain with them for life.
Finally, don’t forget to make their learning fun. School can be stressful, so if you have some sort of game or system setup for their time outside of the classroom that places a value on work completed with a healthy dose of reward or praise, your child will develop a strong work ethic.
Don’t fall victim to the back-to-school blues. Be prepared, and it will be a great year!