Prepare Your Children For The New School Year

Representing Orlando, Tampa, Miami 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!