Back to School: Tips for Parents and Kids

As we are rapidly nearing the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year, both parents and kids may need a little help adjusting. It’s certainly difficult to go from a hazy, lazy summer to the rigidity of school. Here are a few tips to help make that transition a little easier.

Reset Your Body Clocks

As is customary with summer break, your kid has probably been staying up late and sleeping in most days. Before school starts, consider transitioning into a more school-friendly sleep schedule. Figure out the time in the mornings when you will all need to be ready, count back 9 hours, and you’ve got the time when your kids should be falling asleep. So, bedtime should be 10–20 minutes before that time. Start transitioning into this a few weeks before school starts.

You can also help you kid to think and feel about bedtime in a more positive way by letting them know how essential sleep is for us. Additionally, you should let them know that you (the parent) are also going to be experiencing a transition and it will be an adjustment for you as well.

Initiate Productive Workspaces

To facilitate productivity, encourage your child to carve out a workspace for themselves. This may look like a desk, or just a specified area where they are to do their homework and be proactive. What is most important is that THEY do it themselves. Your own organization style may not be right for your child. Encourage them to do it themselves. That is not to say that you CAN’T help them.

Address The “I Don’t Want To Go To School!” Whines

It is going to be a challenge for you and your child to get back to a school schedule. You already know the value of school, but your kid may have a harder time accepting this impending change. Instead of responding to this questions with “because you have to,” try to delve deeper into the actual reasons they don’t want to go.

If it’s “I don’t want summer to end,” remind your child that summer is hard to give up, but with school comes a lot of equally great things. Remind them of what they adore about school: friends, extracurricular activities, and projects!

Always try to put their situation in perspective — but in a way that they can understand. This will benefit your child greatly and you in return!


Originally published at matthewstalker.com on August 26, 2016.