The start of the school year isn’t far away – has it snuck up on you? Or have you been counting down the days?
For both parents and children, returning to school after a summer break can be a stressful time, especially if your child is starting a new school.
It is a transition which affects the whole family, and there are many things to organise. The process can easily feel overwhelming if not managed correctly.
With the cost of living crisis asserting extra pressures on us, it is more important than ever to be prepared.
With this in mind, we’ve shared three tips for making the back to school process as smooth as possible.
- Manage Routines
To help children transition back into school life, it’s a good idea to create a weekday schedule at home that’s similar to the school day.
Get your family into a routine a week or so before school starts for the best transition. This means putting them to bed and waking them up at the expected time, planning their meals ahead, and giving them set times for certain activities.
2. Remain positive about the transition
Although returning to school can be a stressful time, it is important to remain positive about the transition.
Show enthusiasm for your child’s return to school by talking positively about their teachers and friends, encouraging them to get involved in activities, or expressing interest in the things they are learning.
3. Ask your child how they are feeling
Finally, the last tip for a stress-free back-to-school experience is to make sure that you check in with your children every day, and ask them how they are feeling.
For some children, returning to school can be scary especially if they are starting Year 7, or are transferring to a new school, so it is important to make your child feel safe and comfortable throughout the change.
Support your child by having open conversations with them about how they are feeling and let them know you are there for them, no matter what.
If you notice your child is particularly stress or anxious about returning to school, check out our wellbeing resources.