By Steve Johnson, owner of College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors
Back to school means picking up the pace of homework, teacher meetings, and extracurricular activities. Many kids are less than excited to make the transition, but it doesn’t have to be painful. Getting your kids excited for the school year will make it easier for both them and you. The team at College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors has a few suggestions to help ease back into school.
Getting Them Excited
Kids dread leaving summer behind for the school year. There are lots of ways to build excitement and get them eager to meet their new teachers and fellow classmates.
Plan a day to take your kids shopping for school supplies. Make a list of everything needed and let them pick out patterns and their favorite cartoon characters. You can close the day with a special dinner to add to the memory.
The night before their first day back, help them choose a nice outfit to wear—something they love—so they wake up excited to get ready for the day. Take annual first-day-of-school pictures to help them understand that the first day back doesn’t have to be bad. This is also fun when you take a picture on the last day and visually see their growth.
Encourage your child to try multiple activities to give them something to look forward to outside of the classroom. Whether it be after-school sports, art classes, clubs or church groups—the opportunities are endless!
Easing the Process
Create a schedule for the school year. Implement the bedtime and wake up time a week before school starts. This will ensure that everyone eases into their new sleep times, and are ready for the rest of the schedule: after-school activities, and homework or study time. Keep each kid’s schedule handy so that everyone in the family is on the same page.
The beginning of the school year doesn’t have to be scary or dreadful for anyone. With the right motivation and planning, your family will slide effortlessly right in to your fall schedule! For more information about options to help ease into the new school year, reach out to the staff at College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors at 210-202-0303 or www.collegesitters.com.