With the summer drawing to a close and your children preparing to go back to school, this can be a very stressful time in their lives. A new schedule, new teachers, and possibly a brand new environment with your child attending a school for the first time – it can all be a bit much for a child to handle.
This time of year is also hard on parents. After all, it’s the parents who are tasked with taking care of their children, easing their stress, and ultimately preparing for a (hopefully) smooth transition into a new school year.
With holding down a job, taking care of the home and all the other responsibilities that come with being an adult, micromanaging your child can be the proverbial back-breaking straw.
Every parent would do well to find some tips and tricks they can employ to ease the transition into a new school year. In this article, we’ll talk about ten ways parents can get ready for the back-to-school push.
Top 10 Back-to-School Tips for Parents
1: Talk with Your Child
Although a talk with your child about going back to school may seem to be for their benefit, this can actually benefit you just as much. Gauging their mental attitude about attending school can help alleviate some of the stress on your end. Any concerns or anything you need to go over – now’s the time to talk about it.
2: Contact Other Parents
Most of us do live relatively close to other parents and/or have friends or colleagues with children of their own. Talk with other parents about what it takes to become mentally prepared to send your kids back to school. No one knows the waves better than someone who’s been in the same boat.
3: Contact Teachers
A lot of parents really find issues with the new man or woman in their child’s life. It’s natural for parents to be a bit clingy in this area; to want to be the dominant influence in their child’s life. Contacting and speaking with your child’s teachers will help you get a sense of who and how they are as people. And this should help put your mind at ease.
4: Set a New Schedule
It’s important for your child to wake up bright and early, get a good breakfast, and get off to school safely. But are they relying on an alarm clock and their impressive culinary skills to do it all on their own? No. This is where you come in, and in order to be properly prepared for the new school year, your schedule has to change along with your child’s.
5: Attend Summer Functions
Most areas with public schools will hold some type of function for parents, like a school orientation for example. You can bring your child if necessary or attend on your own, but if you can attend some such function, you should. If you cannot or if they do not have these functions in your area, be sure to check out some literature or double-down on tips #2 and 3.
6: Become a “Trendy” Parent
A lot of parents are clueless when it comes to laptops, iPhones, tablets, and every other gadget kids are using these days. To help get ready for your child’s school year, you should learn about this technology. You can assist your children using this, or you can at least learn how to block out the explicit material your children should not be viewing.
7: Relearn the Material
Maybe you think you have a handle on math and Earth science and English, but most people actually forget far more than they learn (in terms of detail-oriented material). You will need to help your child with homework and the like, so it’s a wise idea to brush up on your schooling to be prepared.
8: Get a Calendar
A lot of us have jobs that will not take too kindly to last-minute off days. If you’re ever needed as a chaperone for a field trip or to pick up your child from an early release day, it’s a great idea to know about it well in advance. Obtain a copy of the school schedule so you have ample time to plan around the school year.
9: Have the Information
Filling out vital contact information on a card is good for the school. They know who to contact in case of an emergency. But as a parent, you need to put faith in your child as well. Make sure you have taught them important phone numbers to call and other emergency information.
10: Let them Go
Most importantly for you as a parent, you need to realize that your children are fully capable of handling school. For them, it might “suck” to have to go back to school, but you’re the one who stresses over it more.
Most parents and most kids end up adjusting just fine to a new school year, but it never hurts to have a few tricks up your sleeve to help ease the transition. As a parent, use these tips to take the stress out of this time of year.
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