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Preparing Your Kids For Back To School

10 back to school tips to get ready for September: School, Schedules, and Your Sanity:

Starting School, Preschool or Daycare is a Big Deal for most kids! Some children just roll with it, while others find the separation and increase in structured time very challenging.

 Here are a 10 tips to help ease the transition.

  • Talk to your kids before school or preschool begins about what they will be doing, where they will be going, who is going to be there and what they will do there.

  • Show excitement and enthusiasm about their new adventure. If your children are old enough, go together to choose a  lunchbox or backpack or new school shoes.

  • Go visit the school or daycare together. Bring a ball and play in the schoolyard. Peek in the windows and see what’s inside. Explain that there will be lots of children there and they will have their own special school room. There will be a grownup – the teacher- who will help them learn, and help them with any problems they might have. If they are starting in a daycare that runs year round, pay a visit together. If you can, find out the daily routine beforehand and explain it to them.

  • Read books together about preschool, daycare or kindergarten. Your local librarian should be able to help you find just the right book.

  • If you know children who will be attending with yours, try to arrange a play date together.

  • For Your Sanity: Plan out your mornings. Many parents tell us how awful their mornings are when their children have to be at preschool, school, or daycare in the morning,  especially if they have to be at work on time as well. Consider planning clothes choices, breakfasts and lunches the night before.

  • Do some trial morning runs before so you know how much time your children need to get ready. Some children wake up and move quickly in the morning. Some children need more time to “get in the groove” of the day.

  • Plan to spend some time each morning with your kids before they have to rush off: Some kids (especially very young ones) do best when they have a good dose of Mommy or Daddy time before they go. It can be worth it to get up a little earlier and have time to cuddle and have a story.

  • If you are breastfeeding and have a wee one who is going to childcare, a long cozy nurse before you leave helps everyone settle. You will have a better day if you are not rushed and harried in the morning!

  • Last but certainly not least, enjoy these last days of summer together. They are short but sweet!

Judy Banfield

I’m Judy Banfield and I’m here to help you feel better about yourself as a person and more confident and secure as a parent.

In my 30+ years of working with babies, young children and parents, I have learned that valuing and treasuring and deeply knowing yourself gives you the foundation to more confidently and joyfully, love, treasure, teach and guide your children.

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