Reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, getting new school supplies and taking new classes are some of the reasons that students look forward to a new school year. Helping your child prepare for a successful school year can help both of you feel more confident and less stressed about upcoming transitions.
Whether your child is starting school for the first time or the last, students might feel anxious about embarking on a new journey. To better understand how you can help prepare your child for change, watch the flash course, “Preparing Kids for School.“ Afterwards, read on to find out how you and your child can take steps towards a healthy and happy school year.
- Set reminders. With summer coming to an end, it might feel difficult to get back into school year routines. It’s important to get in the habit of crafting a schedule before the school year officially starts. This includes setting alarms before bed, practicing usual mealtime routines and completing chores. Having a schedule can make you and your child feel more organized.
- Get more sleep. Homework and after school activities can place a lot of stress on a student. Remember to practice healthy sleeping habits by setting alarms and turning off your phone half an hour before bed. Excessive screen time can cause digital eyestrain and hinder your sleeping patterns.
- Practice healthy eating habits. Healthy eating can be fun, too. Consider making healthy snacks like sliced apples and bananas with peanut butter or a fruit salad for your child. Fruits and vegetables can boost the energy for both you and your student and motivate you both throughout the day.
- Do brain teasers. Did you know that working on brain teasers exercises the mind? For example, solving puzzles gives your students a mental workout while getting excited about learning. It also brings other children together as they bond over problem-solving.
- Communicate with others. If your child ever feels uncomfortable, it’s important to encourage them to speak with their teacher or guidance counselor to address any concerns they may have. Talking to others who share similar feelings can also reduce feelings of stress and serve as a reminder that you and your child are not alone. Parents can also reach out to a SupportLinc licensed counselor by calling 1-888-881-5462 if they’re feeling stressed.