Back to School Blues
It’s that time of year again, and it indeed seems like time sped up over the summer break and landed on the first day of school! Many students are probably already missing their all-day summer play, summer camp activities, or watching cartoons in the bed on a Tuesday afternoon. Nevertheless, it’s time to dive into this new academic year, dusting off those notebooks and putting the pencils back to work! Here are some tips on how to get your kids back into the groove of school and off to a great start.
Tip #1: Have a consistent nighttime routine with permanent bedtime.
Organizing your kid’s nighttime routine from afterschool programs, pick up times, getting clothes out/ ironed, and snacks for school, all the way to dinner prep and study time, will help to keep things more structured. It will also help to get the child adjusted to a routine so they will already know the expectations. Also, when it’s bedtime, make sure you check a few times to ensure that your kids are asleep and not sneaking in some other phone or TV time. Try putting an aromatherapy diffuser lamp in your child’s room if they have trouble winding down after a long day. Scents like lavender may help them relax better and fall fast asleep.
Tip #2: Don’t over-schedule their schedule.
Try not to put your child in no more than two afterschool activities at a time. Extracurricular activities can potentially overwhelm the child especially during times of testing. Extracurricular activities may also contribute to stress which can alter good sleep and mental focus.
Tip #3 Incorporate a reward system.
A sound reward system can help teach your kids to strive for goals and push themselves to do their best. For example, an ice cream treats to their favorite place after five days of reading an age-appropriate book each in addition to completing homework each night. Alternatively, a visit to the movies with popcorn and candy on Friday night after passing all quizzes and tests for the week; Whatever incentive you want to fit your child’s interests.
If you have any additional tips, you’d like to add, comment below. Your suggestions can help other parents and teachers too!