Back to School, Part I
The transition from easy-breezy summer to homework- and sports-filled nights can be as tough for parents as it is for kids. Lessen your stress with our strategies for starting the year off right.
Making the First Day Easier
- I always got nervous the night before school started and had trouble sleeping (still do to this day). If your child is suffering from back-to-school anxiety, let her know she is not alone. Maybe tell her a positive story from one of your “first days”
- Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun. She’ll see old friends and meet new ones. Remind her of times when she had a good day at school and reassure her those will come again soon, maybe even on the first day!
- Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
- Pack light. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.
- Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.
Developing Good Homework and Study Habits
- Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Youngsters need a permanent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that offers privacy.
- Schedule ample time for homework. Extracurricular activities (e.g., sports, TV) should not get in the way of your child’s education.
- Establish a household rule that the TV set stays off during homework time. Or better yet, TV on non-school nights only.
- Supervise computer and internet use. Use parent controls to block sites that you don’t want your child to visit.
- Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child’s homework for her.
Stayed Tuned: Next Week’s Topic: School Lunches
How Can I Help GOTR?
It’s school supply time and we need your help. Next time you buy school supplies, pick up one (or more) of the following items:
- Markers- Crayola thin line works best and lasts for many seasons
- Ink pens
- Colored paper reams – cardstock and regular
- Copy paper
- Small Paper Lunch Bags
- Index Cards – 3″ x 5″
For our full list, please visit our wish list page.
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