Back to school tips? It’s nearly that time already… It won’t be long before the school bells ring once more. And just like that, you’ll be back at the school gates. This can be both an exciting and stressful period. We’ve used all of the experience we have at Matr to bring you the most important back to school tips.
Stay calm, you’ve got this.
#1 Practise the morning routine
To start, your child is going to need a good night’s sleep. Try to get into a sensible night and morning routine before the first day back. Going to sleep and waking up at the times you would when your child is back in school will help to ease the transition and avoid any morning flashpoints. The Sleep Council have some excellent back to school sleep tips to assist further.
#2 Offer healthy snacks
One of the most important back to school tips. Water is your child’s friend. Pack their lunch boxes with a water bottle rather than a sugary alternative. Sugary drinks will up their daily sugar intake unnecessarily. Encourage fruit instead of crisps and chocolate. Of course, everyone needs a treat now and again, but start as you mean to go on.
#3 Clear a space for study at home
When the homework starts to roll in, it’s good to have a place that is ready to be worked on. The desk that is usually reserved for this might have been consumed by general clutter over the holiday period. Now would be a good time to make sure it’s clear again.
#4 List goals for the year with your child
It might be strange to include this as a back to school tip but goal setting will help your child get back in the zone.
You could ask them to think about what they would like to achieve when they go back to school. Thinking about the previous year may also help, encouraging them to think about what they might want to do differently going forward. There will also be habits they might want to keep the same.
For extra tips on this, Edutopia has written about how best to set goals with your child.
#5 Get involved in your school community
There are many ways you can get involved in your school community. The PTA will allow you to converse in a more informal setting with teachers and governors, strengthening the ties that make being part of a school community so rewarding.
If you can, you may also want to volunteer your time so you can get involved in more events like the school production.
Your child’s school may also already know when the first parents’ evening is likely to be. Ask about this and pop the date in your diary so you can plan ahead.
#6 Finish your school shopping
Whether it’s new shoes, bags or uniform, make sure you get everything sorted before the first day back. You might already be ahead of the game, taking advantage of those back to school sales to stock up. Or life may have been too busy to even think about getting this sorted yet. Either way, having all the essentials ready soon will give you piece of mind.
#7 Be weary of your child’s nerves
Naturally, it is likely that your child will be slightly apprehensive in the run up to the first day back at school.
Be mindful of this, so you don’t expect too much of them. You will know what works best for your child, but you could talk to them about how you have dealt with similar anxiety in the past. This will help them feel more prepared.
The Child Mind Institute further outlines how to help your child with nerves, a key back to school tip.
#8 Make time for your child’s hobbies
Joining after school clubs is an integral part of your child’s education. Though traditional school subjects are important, your child will learn a huge amount from pursuing these ‘out of class’ interests. Make sure you continue to make time for these.
Indeed, your child may have discovered a new interest over the summer. Why not see if they want to continue this when school starts?
#9 Keep your child’s brain in gear
#10 Maintain rules for screen time
Part of keeping your child’s brain in gear will involve taking charge of screen time. Whether this involves keeping the same routine or adapting to the new school term, clarity will be key.
Out of all the back to school tips, this might be the one you need to stick to the most to avoid complications later on. Agreeing a set of rules and consistently enforcing them will let everyone know where they stand.
Where possible, try to make screen time for kids positive.
#11 Allow them to have their own space
If you only take one of the back to school tips away with you, it should be this one. We all react differently to change. Be interested in your child’s thinking and continue to encourage them, but remember to also give them the space to process the start of the new year themselves.
We hope this goes some way to ensuring both you and your child are ready for the big day. We know just how stressful it can be for both parties, but trust us, you’ve got this. Our back to school tips will ensure you are primed and ready.
Next week, we will be talking about ‘new term resolutions’ and why you should have one.
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