Prepare Your Children For The New School Year

Representing Orlando, the Four Corners, Tampa and Nearby Areas of Florida

Never have three simple words had such power over human emotion. To a child, “back to school” signals the end of summer fun and a return to strict rules and schedules and, worse, homework. For the parent, it’s a chance to breathe and regain some sanity.

By mid-August, most parents are deep into back-to-school preparations. Everyone with a school-aged child knows how hectic it all can be. Between the appointments, paperwork and shopping, it’s a wonder anyone survives. With everything that must be done in such a short period of time, parents often overlook how hard going back to school can be on their child.

Preparing children emotionally for a safe, productive and rewarding school year is just as important as completing all those necessary tasks. Having a heart-to-heart with your student could help them let go of anxiety, develop resiliency and, in turn, make them feel better about going back to school.

Here is a list of suggested topics to tackle:

  • Ask your child how they feel about returning to school. Discuss their concerns.
  • Talk about respectful social interactions, peer pressure and bullying.
  • Go over the school’s handbook. Cover the rules so they know what to expect. 
  • Discuss what your child is expected to learn in his/her grade. Make a general plan for success. Include a daily schedule. Discuss how to balance homework with after-school activity.
  • Work together to create a dedicated work space. 
  • Go over how your child will get to school. Discuss safety concerns. Make sure your child knows where to go each day. If they are walking, get out for a practice run (or several). Discuss what it means to be a safe pedestrian. 
  • If you have a young child, make sure they know their address and phone number and what to do if they are approached by a stranger.
  • Establish a firm bedtime schedule and make a plan for sticking to it.

It doesn’t matter how old you are – starting something new can often be nerve-wracking. Having a good talk about it can make a world of difference. So, if you haven’t already, take some time out from that back-to-school madness to reconnect with your children…you will all be better off for it!