Back to school can be a challenging time for some children.  It can also be a challenging time for some parents too.

Here are some tips that might help both you and your child return to the classroom stress free.

Tips for the parent:

  1. Children pick up on your cues.  Be sure you talk to yourself first and find the positive perspective about return to school before addressing it with your child.
  2. Remember as a parent your success is measured by your ability to raise a happy, confident, well adjusted child that turns into a productive and happy adult.
  3. Advancing a grade is the next adventure for your child.  As the parent, you get to watch and coach them through the next part of life’s challenges.  Teach your child that problems are just barriers to be overcome.  It is like winning a game each time you solve the next problem.  Confront those challenges head on!  Break each one down into little challenges to be met.
  4. Live by example.  Talk to your child about how excited you are about school starting.  You love that your child gets to meet a new teacher, make new friends and learn more things.
  5. Truly get yourself to a place where you are excited about your child going back to school.  Maybe appreciate the structured schedule that school will bring.  Bed times are more consistent allowing adult time later at night.  Perhaps school schedules allow for more family dinners.  Find the positives!

Tips to share with your child:

  1. Tour the school and meet the teacher.  Talk about how familiar everything will be now that your child has been to the school.
  2. Take a family walk to the bus stop and home.
  3. Walk from the classroom to where the buses will be parked and back to the classroom.
  4. Try to find 1 or 2 friends that will be in your child’s class.
  5. Find out who has lunch with your child so they will know at least 1 other person to eat with.
  6. Allowing your child to pick out their own backpack, lunchbox, clothes, makes them excited to use/wear them when school begins.
  7. Let your child grocery shop for lunch items so they are excited to get to eat the food.
  8. Find a neighbor whose child had the teacher your child will have and let the neighbor child talk to your child.

Above all talk to your child about how you believe in him/her.  You know they have the confidence to meet this next grade head on and thrive.   Remind then of when they were younger and worried about something and how it turned out wonderfully.

Count down to the first day of school like it is an event to look forward to!

Good luck this next school year!

As the year progresses if ABC Pediatric Therapy Network http://www.abcpediatrictherapy.com can help in any way to make the school year a success, let us know!