Whether your child is heading to Kindergarten for the first time or starting high school, the weeks before they go back are crucial to a successful year. Learn how you can make the transition a smooth and painless one.
to Make an Easy Transition Back to School
Going back to school each fall is stressful whether you're 5, 15
or 35. Summer vacation is generally time
to take it easy, stay up late and sleep in late. Most kids do their best to forget about
school during those few short weeks.
Jumping right back into the swing of things is difficult without
preparing ahead of time. It's important
for parents and caregivers to help make the transition back to school a smooth
one. A smooth start can give a child the
confidence boost he needs to do well all year.
You know your child best.
Does he adjust well to schedules and routines? Or does he resist and fight the imposed new
rules at first? Give your child all the
time he needs to adjust by starting several weeks ahead of time. Add one or two parts of the new routine at a
time, so he doesn't become overwhelmed.
Adequate rest is one of the most important building blocks of a
successful school year. Start by setting
an earlier bedtime a week or more before the start of school. And don't think that teens are exempt from
needing that extra hour or two of sleep.
A body needs rest most during times of change. There is more change going on in a teen's
body than at any other time in his life, except around age two.
Once bedtime is established, set an appropriate rising time in
the morning. Give your child plenty of
time to wake up, eat, dress and prepare for the day. If your household is normally rushed in the
morning, consider changing your own habits during this transition time so
everyone can benefit from calm morning routines.