The days are getting shorter and thoughts of getting kids back to school are in full swing. Every parent faces the inevitable task of transitioning kids from a summer schedule to a school schedule.
1. Anxiety – Both kids and parents may have anxiety about going back to school. Talk with your kids about their anxiety and help them with a plan to return to school. Recognize the anxiety and plan a fun day to celebrate the end of summer.
2. Sleep schedule – If your kids are used to staying outside late to play it can be a hard shift to catching an early school bus. Start at least one week before school by shifting the wake up and go to bed time by 10 minutes each day.
3. Healthy eating - The ice cream truck will soon be gone and it’s time to start moving the kids from summer sugary and salty snacks back to healthy and natural snacks and meals.
4. One-on-one time – Kids grow up so quickly, try to schedule good quality time with each of your kids before everyone gets busy with the school year. Make some final summer memories just the two of you.
If you’re kids are riding the bus for the first time, check out the School Bus 101 guide on tips to ease any fear or anxiety – for both of you.
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