Tips to help you get back to school anxiety-free
Back to school is a time of excitement and anticipation for many kids, but it can also be a stressful time for parents. There are so many things to do to get ready, from buying school supplies to packing lunches to helping with homework.
There are quite literally a million things we could say to help you prepare for the upcoming academic year, but we’ll just give you 10 or so to get you started:
- Start planning early. Don’t wait until the last minute to start getting ready for back to school. This will give you plenty of time to shop for school supplies, get your child’s clothes ready, and help them with their summer reading assignments.
- Set up a back-to-school routine. This will help your child get into a regular sleep schedule and wake up early enough for school. It will also help them know what to expect each day, which can reduce anxiety.
- Talk to your child about their fears and concerns. Some kids may be feeling nervous about going back to school, especially if they’re starting a new school or grade level. Talk to them about their fears and concerns, and help them come up with strategies for coping with them.
- Be involved in your child’s education. This doesn’t mean you have to do their homework for them, but you should make sure they’re staying on top of their assignments and getting the help they need if they’re struggling. You should also attend parent-teacher conferences and get involved in school activities.
- Make sure your child has a healthy breakfast and lunch. Eating a healthy breakfast and lunch will give your child the energy they need to focus and learn throughout the day.
- Help your child manage their time. This is an important skill for kids to learn, and it will help them be successful in school. Help them develop a system for keeping track of their assignments, and make sure they have enough time to complete them each day.
- Be supportive and encouraging. Let your child know that you believe in them and that you’re there to help them succeed. This will help them feel confident and motivated to do their best in school.
Back to school can be a stressful time for both kids and parents, but it doesn’t have to be. By following these tips, you can help your child have a successful and enjoyable school year.
Back to School: Tips for Parents
By not putting off this necessary task for the last second, you’ll be able to better strategize your resources and existing supplies, all in while keeping your child’s education vision in mind:
- Check with your child’s school to see what supplies they need. This will help you avoid buying unnecessary items. Take inventory of what you already have and can re-use, if anything.
- Learn about the school uniform policy before purchasing school clothes at your nearest big box store sale. Some schools have very strict uniforms that require students to wear specific clothing items, such as khaki pants and polo shirts. Other schools have more relaxed uniforms that allow students to choose from a wider range of clothing options, such as skirts, shorts, and blouses.
- If your child has special needs, make sure you work with the school to develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This plan will outline your child’s specific needs and how the school will meet them.
- If you have any concerns about your child’s academic progress, talk to their teacher. The teacher can help you develop a plan to help your child succeed.
- Get involved in your child’s school community. This could involve volunteering in the classroom, attending school events, or joining the PTA. Getting involved will help you stay connected to your child’s school and make sure they’re getting the most out of their education.
Back to school is a time of new beginnings, and it’s an exciting time for kids to learn and grow. By following these tips, you can help your child have a successful and enjoyable school year.
Remember, it’s nothing to feel bad about. According to CBS, 71% of parents report their kids having challenges adjusting to a new school year.
Back to School Hygiene Tips for Preventing Bed Bugs and Lice
Back to school is a time of excitement and new beginnings for kids, but it can also be a time of worry for parents. One of the biggest concerns is the possibility of their child catching bed bugs or lice from other students.
Bed bugs and lice are both parasitic insects that can cause a lot of discomfort and distress. Bed bugs are small, flat insects that feed on blood. They are often found in mattresses, bed frames, and other furniture. They can also find their ways into teachers’ lounges and auditorium seats.
Lice are also small insects that feed on blood. They are most commonly found in the hair, but they can also be found on clothing and other personal belongings.
The unfortunate reality is that many parents out there do not care if they send their kid to school covered in lice, mites, or bed bugs, which is why you’ll have to be extra-sure to take decontamination steps when your kids come home everyday.
This way you avoid having your own bedbug horror story.
Be a Proactive Parent and Check for Signs of Trouble Early
Both bed bugs and lice can be difficult to get rid of, so it is important to take steps to prevent them from infecting your child. Here are some tips that parents can give their kids to help them avoid catching bed bugs or lice:
- Inspect your child’s belongings regularly. Look for signs of bed bugs or lice, such as small, dark spots (bed bugs) or white eggs (lice). If you see anything suspicious, wash the items immediately and dry them on high heat.
- Don’t share personal items. This includes hats, coats, combs, brushes, and other items that can come into contact with the head or hair.
- Be careful about where you sit. Avoid sitting on furniture that is known to be infested with bed bugs. If you have to sit on a couch or chair, check for signs of bed bugs before you sit down.
- Use a lice comb. A special lice comb and shampoo can help you remove lice and their eggs from your hair.
- Keep your hair clean and tidy. This will make it more difficult for lice to attach to your hair.
If you think your child may have bed bugs or lice, it is important to see a doctor or a pest control professional right away. They can help you determine if your child has been infected and recommend the best course of treatment.
By following these tips, you can help your child avoid catching bed bugs or lice and keep them healthy and happy all year long.
One Last Back to School Parent Tip
Talk to your child’s school adminstrators about their bed bug and lice prevention policies. This will help you understand what steps the school is taking to prevent the spread of these pests, especially if you and other parents start to notice things that shouldn’t be.
Also be sure to ask them what kind of pesticides are used in the classrooms. Demand to know the nutritional information (nicely) for any meals served in the cafeteria.
Take your kids’ success trajectory into your own hands, because no one will ever care about your children like you do.