The first day of school can be both exciting and anxiety provoking for kids and parents. This is especially evident if your child is transitioning to a new school. Making the move from elementary school to middle school can be particularly stressful.
With a little organization and pre-planning however, you can conquer the chaos and create a calm, well, calmer environment than the maddening mayhem you usually experience.
Here’s some hints on how:
1.) A day or two before the first day do a backpack check list. This is not only a great way to ensure that your kids have everything they need, it is also a way to offer individual reassurance to each child that he is indeed prepared to face the first day of school. The key to this task is to do this with your child. The individual attention will contribute to creating calm.
2.) Insist that your kids pick out their first day of school outfits well before the first morning. The last thing you need is your tween tromping through the house looking through the laundry for the shirt she ‘must wear’ on the first day of school. Never mind the fact that she hasn’t seen it since last September!
3.) Pre-pack lunches the night before. Every second counts on that first day of school. If your kids are going to be buying lunch, be sure they have enough money and that they stash the cash in a safe place.
4.) In the words of Winston Churchill; “Keep calm and carry on.” Anxiety begets anxiety. Your kids tend to look to you when they are feeling unsettled. The calmer you keep the more cool and collected they will respond.
5.) Remember, routine requires repetition. Although the first day may feel a bit like a frenzied free-for-all, tomorrow is another day. You will be back in the swing of things in no time.
It is hard to believe another summer has come to a close. With a few simple adjustments, the first day back to school can be both calm and carefree. It is amazing that a little organization and preplanning can truly conquer the chaos that often characterizes this important day.