As a child, I wasn’t thrilled when the end of summer vacation ushered in earlier bedtimes, earlier wake-up times and, of course, homework.
I also remember experiencing a bit of anxiety over who my teachers would be and whether I would know anyone in my classes.
But a new school year also meant the chance to catch up with friends and do one of my favorite things: buy new school supplies, which I enjoyed doing with my own children when they were in school.
Your child might have the same mixed feelings about the start of the school year. You can help ease their transition by following these five simple tips.
- Get excited! You are your child’s most important teacher. If you’re not excited about school, they probably won’t be either. Share fun memories from your teachers and classmates. Talk about a ritual your family had. Perhaps you can share this tradition or start a new one.
- Ease their nerves. It is completely normal for your child to have jumbled-up emotions about going back to school. You can ease their nerves by arranging a visit to the school. Show them their new classroom, and let them meet their teacher. Allow the two of them to chat for 15 minutes and get to know each other, with limited participation from you.
- Go shopping together. Allow your child to choose some school supplies on their own. A Disney backpack or a superhero lunch box can go a long way toward making them feel comfortable and confident.
- Establish a routine. Inclement weather. Traffic jams. A solid routine is your best defense against the headaches that come with running behind. Figure out what time everyone needs to get up, eat breakfast, brush their teeth and get dressed. Identify the most efficient route to school, and consider alternate routes in case you need them.
- Make the first morning memorable. If you’ve followed the first four tips, you can rest easy knowing your child is prepared to start the school year. All that’s left now is to make that first morning memorable. Have breakfast together. Chat. Smile. And if this is your child’s first year in school, it’s okay to cry. Just save the tears until you get back in your car!
About The Author
Brenda Burdick has 33 years’ education experience. She spent 15 years molding young minds as a teacher for grades one through eight and as a lead English teacher in middle school. She also brings 22 years’ administrative experience as an assistant principal, principal, director of curriculum and director of admissions. Brenda joined Upbring this summer as director of Christian school expansion and ops. She is excited to welcome students to our first Christian school, Upbring School of Arts and Sciences Central Austin, for the fall 2017 semester.