Hey parents! It’s that time of year. Summer break is almost at an end as school starts in a few weeks (sooner for those of us who teach!). Amidst the back-to-school shopping and final summer vacation plans, here are some friendly tips from your GOTR coaches to make your daughter’s transition back to school a success.
- Make sure she’s mentally ready to start – some kids love going back to school, but for others, thoughts of going back-to-school can elicit nightmares! Here are some ideas for easing the back-to-school transition:
- 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!
- Buy a high-quality backpack and make sure she wears it over both shoulders. When buying a backpack, look for a lightweight pack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. Keep in mind that the backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.
- Negotiate a homework and study plan – When will she do homework? When is she allowed to watch TV? How much time is allotted for extracurricular activities? Make sure she has a quiet place to study and do homework without distractions.
- Get the transportation routine down now – Will she take the bus? Will you drive her? Will she walk or ride her bike? Make sure she feels safe and comfortable with whatever arrangements you’ve made for her. If she’s biking, make sure she’s got a good-fitting helmet and is confident on her bike.
- Meal plan before things get any crazier! – Depending on when she starts school, when it ends, and how many (if any) meals are provided by the school, be prepared to pack breakfast, lunch, and an after school snack. Here are some websites with handy lunch and snack ideas:
Happy Back-to-School! See you in a few weeks!