Before heading back to school, follow these tips to help ensure your kids have a safe, happy, and productive year!
1. Make the First Day Easier
Remember that you don’t need to wait until the first day of class to ask for help. Schools are open to addressing any concerns a parent or child might have, including the specific needs of a child, over the summer. However, the best time to get help might be 1-2 weeks before school opens.
2. Think Positive
Point out the positive aspects of starting school to help your kids look forward to the first day of class. For example, talk about how they will see old friends and meet new ones.
3. Buddy Up for Back to School
Find another child in the neighborhood your child can walk to school or ride with on the bus.
4. Provide Your Support
If you or your child feel it is needed, drive your child (or walk with them) to school and pick them up on the first day. Get there early on the first day to cut down on unnecessary stress.
5. Eat a Healthy Breakfast and Lunch
Studies show that children who eat nutritious meals function better. They do better in school and have better concentration and more energy. On the first day back to school, pack your child’s lunch. Most schools regularly send schedules of cafeteria menus home or have them posted on the school’s website. With this advance information, you can plan on packing lunch on the days when the main course is one your child prefers not to eat.
6. Start Good Homework and Study Habits
Starting the first day back to school, create a homework-friendly environment. Children need a consistent workspace in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet and without distractions that promote studying. Some children need extra help organizing their homework. Checklists, timers, and parental supervision can help overcome homework problems. Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do your child’s homework for them.
More about the Jessica
Jessica Glenbocki is an Occupational Therapist and a certified sensory integration and interactive metronome. She received her master’s in occupational therapy from Cleveland State University if you want more personalized ways to handle your child’s sensory issues, set up a session with Jessica through her personal page on Vitalxchange to receive a more personalized plan.