Helping your kids to become emotionally and mentally healthy this school year

Prepping for the first day of school usually involves back-to-school shopping, meeting the teachers, and enjoying those last few days of summer. But, for some kids, starting school is a big adjustment that may cause some anxiety and fear. In order to help make your child’s school year as enjoyable as possible, easing his or her anxieties is an important step to take.

Tips to help prepare your kids for the new school year

  • Early and open communication: Talk with your children about starting school. Listen to their concerns and excitement, and ask them what they think school will be like. It’s normal for children to feel a little uncertain or worried about their first day, but communicating with them and addressing their concerns can help ease those jitters.
  • Go to orientation/meet the teacher: If the school is hosting an orientation night, this is a great opportunity to help your child get acquainted with he school and the teachers. Walk around the school, find the bathrooms, and look at the lunchroom and the playground with your child.
  • Get into a routine and practice it: For many children, and adults, routines can help them manage their time and know what to expect. Try to get into a morning and evening school routine early and stick to it.
  • Take your children back-to-school shopping: Make back-to-school shopping a special trip together. It can be exciting for your child to break out their new school supplies on the first day, especially if they helped select them.
  • Keep your child interested in learning: After the excitement of the first week of school wears off, it is important to keep your child interested in learning. Participate in their learning process at home by helping with homework and asking them about daily lessons.

Don’t forget that first-day jitters are completely normal for any child. However, if you notice that your child is struggling with getting comfortable in a new setting and routine, you may want to speak with the teacher.