With summer coming to a close and the new school year upon us, many families face the challenge of getting their children back-to-school ready. Parenting and child development expert Denise Daniels is sharing some simple, yet effective advice to ease the anxiety and stress that often surrounds the exciting days ahead. For a selection of ways to ease the transition from vacation mode to the classroom with success, check out these tips to help you ease into the new year.
- Have Children Read Ten Minutes Per Day. Some parents don’t realize that many children experience the “summer-slide,” which describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months. To avoid this slide and to get children back in gear for the new school year, Daniels suggests reading for as little ten minutes a day. This will help students get back in the groove of studying and homework.
- Early To Bed, Early To Rise. To assist with the morning struggle of waking up groggy kids as the new school year begins, send your children to bed earlier and wake them up a little earlier about two weeks before the first day. This will help children slowly adjust to their new routine.
- Back-To-School Shopping. Children love the ritual of back-to-school shopping and parents love to take advantage of the back-to-school sales, but hold back on getting everything at once because kids like to dress like their friends, so they might want to wait until they start school to see what everyone else is wearing.
- Review Safety Measures. Parents should make sure to go over important safety measures with their children such as standing away from the curb at the bus stop, always wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle to school and walking on the sidewalk to and from school.
- Preparation Is Key. Familiarize younger children or first-time students with the route to school and go over their new daily routine. Give directions on how to get to the lunchroom, bathrooms, lockers, gym, bus stop, etc… This will ease tension and anxiety so that your child can move forward with confidence.
- Meet With The New Teachers. Try to schedule a meeting with your child’s new teachers and classmates. Invite them over so your child can get acquainted with his/her classmates.
- Reassure Your Child. Let your children know that everyone feels nervous about going back to school, even teachers. Share a personal experience to show that you can identify with how they are feeling. Remind your children about how well they did in school last year and how many friends they made, with more to be made in the coming year.
- Make It Fun. Whether it is an ice cream date or game night, make the first week of school fun and celebratory so your children have something to look forward to. Get the entire family involved!
Denise has developed a first-of-its-kind children’s brand, The Moodsters, designed to help children develop their emotional intelligence. In collaboration with renowned Yale University psychologist, Dr. Marc Brackett and his team, they have developed an evidence-based curriculum that provides the essential building blocks for preschool social and emotional development. The Moodsters emotional intelligence toys, books and apps are slated to launch in August 2015.
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