Summer is coming to a close and it’s time for kids to go back to school. This can be a difficult time for parents because they need to get children back to their routines, make sure all summer homework or projects are complete, dealing with tantrums, etc. Children also experience pre-school jitters and need to be reassured that school isn’t some monster that will swallow them whole.
At A&M Homes, we have noticed a lot of people talking about a child’s back-to-school jitters, but moms can experience them too. This is especially true for moms who are facing such a situation for the first time in their lives. Here are some tips that can help parents cope better with separation and the change in schedule:
- Make Sure Everything is Ready
It’s a good idea to prepare for school well in advance instead of delaying chores until you don’t have much time to do them. Scrambling about to buy school supplies, complete homework, and establish a routine at the last minute will only add to your stress. Create a plan a month in advance to complete all shopping, establish a routine, and make sure your children are ready for the transition. This will make things much easier and calmer.
- Identify Your Anxiety
Most people think it is a relief to send kids off to school after a long summer of constant supervision. Unfortunately, this means they underestimate just how difficult this separation can be for parents. You will experience some anxiety and uncertainty during this period. This is especially true for stay-at-home parents who will suddenly find more time on their hands. It’s a good idea to identify this anxiety and keep track of it to ensure it doesn’t impact your interactions with the child. The more aware you are, the better you will be at controlling your fears.
- Spend Time With Your Child
Spend the last couple of days before school interacting with your child instead of spending time on something else. Play games, watch movies, go out to local arcades or parks and have some fun. This will help both you and your kid deal with school better. It’s also a good idea to establish a routine of healthy communication at the end of the day, which will reduce the chances of your child hiding concerns about school life like bullying or struggling with studies.
- Do Something Interesting
It’s a good idea to engage in an interesting activity after dropping your child off at school. If you’re a stay-at-home mom or if you work from home, don’t do back immediately. Instead take some time to visit the local park, have lunch with a friend, watch a movie, etc. Plan an interesting activity that will distract and entertain you while the kid is at school. This will help reduce back-to-school jitters considerably.
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