Tips for back to school time

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR BODY -

Chil­dren around the Manawatu re­gion and beyond headed back to school this week.

It’s a time that can be ex­tremely stress­ful for both chil­dren and par­ents, and par­tic­u­larly for work­ing par­ents, which most seem to be these days.

If you are not yet into your school day/work day rou­tine these help­ful tips could help par­ents to make the morn­ing rush less stress­ful.

For­get­ting one’s lunch or not be­ing able to find the bath­room in time can be quite trau­matic for the younger school­child­ren and can lead to tem­per tantrums and stom­ach aches.

How­ever, par­ents can set the tone for a suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion into a new class­room by ad­dress­ing their chil­dren’s con­cerns and ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in school ac­tiv­i­ties.

With par­ents of­ten hus­tling sev­eral chil­dren off to dif­fer­ent schools it pays to be or­gan­ised in the morn­ings. Here is a check­list of ac­tiv­i­ties that par­ents can do at home to help chil­dren quickly ad­just to the new school term.

Q Set Your Alarm Clock. Early to Bed, Early to Rise - Have your child start go­ing to bed at his school-night bed­time by read­ing him a book a lit­tle ear­lier ev­ery night for a week. Set an alarm clock for the cor­rect wake-up time in his room and show him the but­ton to push for the alarm.

Q Se­lect Out­fits Be­fore Bed­time - Have your child help se­lect out­fits on Sun­day night for the en­tire week. Know­ing what she will be wear­ing dur­ing the week will help her start off the morn­ing on a calm, pre­dictable note. Af­ter the first cou­ple weeks of school, have her pick out an out­fit for the next day the night be­fore, with no ex­cep­tions. It is no doubt eas­ier if your child wears school uni­form, but you need to check that the uni­form still fits af­ter the hol­i­day and is clean and tidy.

Q Pack the Night Be­fore - At an early age chil­dren fear for­get­ting their books, school sup­plies, and other things they need for school. Make sure you es­tab­lish a rou­tine that re­quires your child to pack his book bag ev­ery night be­fore he goes to bed. This en­sures that he will not have to rush in the morn­ing try­ing to lo­cate stray items.

Q Be Road Safe - It’s also a good idea to have a school travel plan. Teach chil­dren to use a safe route to school, and to be aware of dan­gers when walk­ing, cy­cling or rid­ing a scooter. Closely su­per­vise new en­trants when walk­ing to school for the first time.

Q For New Stu­dents: Write a Let­ter to the Teacher - It’s not un­usual for a par­ent to hear ques­tions like ‘‘How will my teacher know I don’t al­ways man­age to eat my lunch at lunch time?’’ or ‘‘Will my teacher know that I like play­ing with blocks?’’

It can be very help­ful to have your child ex­press these jit­ters by dic­tat­ing a let­ter to his new teacher in­tro­duc­ing her­self and ad­dress­ing any ques­tions she has.

In­clude facts such as games he or she en­joys play­ing, favourite foods, and best friends.

En­cour­age your child to list goals for the year, such as learn­ing how to count to 10 or learn­ing the al­pha­bet.

Go­ing back to school can be stress­ful but it can be­madeeasier.

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