August usually marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall for students, parents, and teachers alike. As the first day of school sneaks up, parents gather around at an assigned bus stop anticipating the moment the bus opens its doors to welcome their new and returning students aboard. Whether this moment is one you’ve been anticipating or one you’ve been dreading, there is one thing that’s for sure: going back to school is always a big transition!
As you get ready to mark another milestone in the books, here are some important tips to prepare your kids for their big day:
Talk to your kids about safety. It’s a big world out there! As your kids continue to grow, they start to rely on you less and less. It can be nerve-wracking for parents, causing you to worry about your child’s safety. Implement family safety rules when your child travels to and from school. Teaching them to be aware of their surroundings, using the buddy system, and teaching them to never accept a ride from a stranger under any circumstance will help keep them safe after they’ve left your side.
Re-establish an early, routine bedtime schedule. Starting school is a big change in schedule. Getting your children into a habit of going to bed and getting up early can add to the stresses of starting school. A great way to ease your kids back into school mode, especially for elementary children, is to create a color-coded bedtime clock! Ranging from green to dark red, you can set time frames that represent playtime, bath/TV time, and story/bed time that result in consequences if they aren’t followed.
Tour the school prior to their first day. Take advantage of the school’s open house! Walking the space will help your child recognize where they are supposed to go and reduce their nerves. Important areas to look for are the classrooms, bathrooms, and cafeteria. For older children, ask them to give you the tour. This will help refresh their memory and give you visual reassurance.
Help them cultivate their self-help skills. Encourage your child’s independence and prepare them to take responsibility over certain aspects of their schooling. Organizing their school materials, writing down homework assignments, and doing their homework are important parts of their education. To help with this, give them responsibilities at home to learn self-motivation and self-discipline. This will help your child build the confidence they need for school!
Get them to connect with friends. A familiar face can make all the difference when your child heads back to school! Kids are always nervous about their new teacher, where they’ll sit in class, and harder lessons, but making friends can help your students relax a little. Try planning a play date before school starts or carpooling with other kids.
Whether they’re just starting or continuing their education, these steps will help your little ones feel safe and confident for all the exciting challenges ahead! Talk to a Madison Mutual agent today about other ways you can stay prepared for life’s events! Call us at 1-800-766-MMIC or find us online at www.madisonmutual.com!