Back to school is drawing near! But even so, along with the excitement comes the anxiety of returning to school - for both children and parents. It's not simple to transition from holiday mode to school mode. It might be exhausting to gather the school supplies, buy the proper backpack, get the books, and get the kids ready to get up early again.
But don't worry! The following are helpful tips to prepare you and your children for a successful, happy, and productive school year!
Plan ahead and spare the stress!
- Don't put off your to-do list till the last minute! One to two weeks before the start of school may be the optimum time to seek assistance.
- Some students might feel anxious when they start a new school, classroom, or instructor. If your kid seems worried, remind them that the first day of school is likely to be stressful for many others.
- If your child is anxious, ask them what they are concerned about and teach them problem-solving techniques to cope with the changing environment.
- Plan your child's sleep/wake schedule a week or two ahead of time.
Prioritize you kids’ safety with a comfortable and safe backpack!
According to Kids Health, “Kids might develop lower and upper back pain and strain their shoulders and neck. Improper backpack use can also lead to improper posture. Also, backpacks with tight, narrow straps that dig into the shoulders can cause tingling, numbness, and weakness in the arms and hands.” So, follow the below tips to avoid that.
- Choose a backpack with cushioned shoulder straps and a padded back. Make sure the bottom of the pack is at your child's waist.
- Organize your child's backpack so that all of its compartments are used. Heavy things should be packed closest to the center of the back. To keep it light, go through the bag with your child once a week and remove any unnecessary items.
- Remind your child to use both shoulder straps at all times. If used over one shoulder, it might cause muscular tension.
Develop a healthy sleep routine
- Getting quality rest is essential for a child's academic achievement. Children who do not get enough sleep struggle to concentrate and study as effectively as they should.
- Set a consistent bedtime for your child and stick to it every night to help them relax and quickly fall asleep. Create a relaxing pre-bedtime ritual that may include a bath/shower, reading with them, and then tucking them in.
- The recommended amount of sleep for most younger children is 10-12 hours each night, whereas 13-18-year-olds should get 8-10 hours per night.
Build successful study habits
- Create a suitable environment for schoolwork. Children require a consistent work environment that is quiet, away from distractions, and favorable to learning in their bedroom or preferably another area of the house.
- When doing homework, make a rule to turn off the TV and other electronic distractions.
- If your child is struggling with a particular subject, talk to their teacher about how you can help them at home or school.
- Talk to your child's teacher, school counselor, or health care professional, especially if they find it difficult to focus or finish schoolwork.
It may not be that exciting to start a new school year. However, you can guarantee that it starts well and that your children attend a productive and safe school! Understand your children, assist them, pay attention to unhealthy habits they are developing - and seek help when necessary.