If your child is in elementary school, then they probably don’t have too many expectations. However, if your child is a tween or teen who has more specific expectations regarding their schooling, then the first week of school will be more important.
You can help your child organize their schedule and decide when they need to do things like catch up on their homework, study for tests, and complete extracurricular activities. By doing this, you can make sure that your child has all the time they need to do everything they have to do and have a positive experience when school starts again.
Kids always get excited to see their friends, and one way to get them excited about going back to school is to get them excited to see their friends at school.
A week or so before school starts, arrange play dates with your kids' friends so that they re-bond. Kids who have friends at school will actually look forward to going back to school.
Even if your kids still have their old backpack, lunchbox, and water bottles from last year, it is a good idea to buy them new school gear to get them excited about going back to school. Take your kid(s) shopping for back-to-school gears and supplies and let them be a part of the fun.
If you can't afford to buy new school gear, let them buy new school supplies like notebooks, pens, pencils, and all the supplies your kids would need at school. You can always shop online if you are short of time.
For a quick make-ahead weekday breakfast that works in a lunch box, too, assemble yogurt parfaits in a jar. They're protein-rich, nutritious, and kid-friendly.
Setting up for breakfast before going to bed will save time and stress in the morning.
Packing lunches the night before also means that parents can enjoy their food instead of scrambling to get lunchboxes ready.
Every year, most students have a few nerves about going back to school. This is normal with the change in routine and unknowns of what a new school year will bring. School may also bring unique worries and pressures that cause anxiety, such as:
While the pandemic is no longer a "new" thing, highly contagious variants continue to cause its spread.
It's important to validate any concerns your child has by checking in with them frequently. Encouraging children to focus on what they can control is a good way to manage anxiety, too.
Children show anxiety in different ways. If you're concerned your child is feeling anxious about school, be on the lookout for changes in your child's behavior and mood.
It is important for kids to have a daily routine but occasionally, small changes in their daily habits can stimulate their brains to think in different ways, which will provoke curiosity.
It can be something as simple as changing the bar of soap they normally use, for foam soap and letting them discover the new texture, play with it and determine which they prefer.
You could leave a good morning note under their pillow, organize a treasure hunt for a snack, or invite someone they like for lunch and don’t tell them until the loved person arrives.
If you can take a day off work and let your child skip school, they will remember it his entire life.
You can spend some enjoyable time together: take them to the local bookstore and eat their favorite ice cream. But you will need to make it clear that it is an exceptional day.
Just be sure to know they aren’t missing out on anything that day at school.
This is the emotional stress parents impose upon their children and is often related to academic performance, extracurricular activities, social standards, appearance, friendships, and romantic relationships.
Certain parenting experiences might prompt you to pressure your kids to make different choices, such as when:
You may feel that your own choices could make their lives easier, more successful, or earn you the admira
There are two main forms of parental pressure: direct pressure and indirect pressure.
Excessive or inappropriate parental pressure carries many mental health consequences for kids as they grow up.
Studies suggest that children who grow up with parents who yelled, shouted, or verbally humiliated them may have a greater likelihood of experiencing challenges such as:
It can be physical (pushing, punching, or hitting), verbal (name-calling or threats), or psychological and emotional (spreading rumors or excluding someone from a conversation or activity).
And with the pervasive use of social media, inappropriate behavior between kids can occur outside of school hours via emails, text messages, and Instagram posts (cyberbullying).
If your child is being bullied, it's important that you help them understand that it is never their fault. Bullying is always more about the person who is engaging in the behavior and not the person being targeted.
It's not up to a child to prevent their own bullying, but it can be helpful to have a plan in place for how to address it and potentially help stop it from escalating.
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