Back to School! Tips for Making the Transition from Summer Break
Tips for Transitioning Back To School
The days get shorter, the nights get cooler, and with it come emotions that seem amplified. Back to school season brings with it a wide assortment of feelings! Joy, anger, fear, sadness, maybe even disgust? Pretty much all of our friends from Inside Out manage to make an appearance as the Summer draws to a close and we settle back into our school-year routines. Here are some of our top tips to help make the transition a little less stressful and a little more enjoyable!
Practice makes permanent. Now is a great time to start practicing a consistent sleep schedule. If jumping right back to a strict 8:30PM bedtime and 6AM wakeup seems somewhat cruel, try shaping the behavior by practicing earlier and earlier bedtimes. Work backwards in 30 minute increments, shifting every few days until you land on a bedtime that works for everyone involved. And don’t forget to practice eating a healthy breakfast in the morning!
Start the school year off on the right foot. Assuming you can find both shoes! If you have the space, try creating a designated space for your kids to drop their school gear. This might include racks or mats for shoes, cubbies for backpacks, a trunk for sport equipment, hooks for outerwear, and even a calendar so everyone can keep track of their schedules. Check out some of these Pinterest ideas!
Organization is the key to success. School gear is not the only thing that can be organized. If you like to make lunches, encourage your kiddo to be involved in the planning and prepping. This can be a fun activity for grownups and kids alike, and you’ll be much less likely to be handed a full lunchbox at the end of the day if your child has a steak in the planning (pun intended)! Buzzfeed has some pretty great kid-approved ideas.
Normalize big feelings. It’s OK to be afraid. It’s also OK to be excited! Take a trip to the school so your child can familiarize themself with the campus. Bonus points if there are any teachers or administrators available to take you on a tour!
Close out the Summer on a positive note. A last minute vacation is a great idea if you can swing it. Other options might include a camping trip, or even just a picnic at the park with the whole family. Put a happy bookmark on the end of Summer vacation if you can!