Tips for Fighting the Back-to-School Blues
Back-to-school time is here! You can almost feel the energy in the air. Along with excitement, some kids may be feeling apprehensive about the new school year. Have a discussion with kids if you are getting a sense that they have worries.
It could be the anticipation of new classmates and teachers, waking up earlier, or a new environment causing a case of the nervous butterflies. It can be challenging to get back into the routine, but there are ways you can ease the transition.
Take a look at 10 ways to fight the back-to-school blues and start the school year right!
- Gradually set the alarm clock earlier beginning a few weeks before school starts. Try to bring those bedtimes back for a full night’s sleep.
- Back to school shop. While you are at it, donate extra school supplies to a local charity or school.
- Discuss the new routine. Make a visual chart of the schedule.
- Call or message a school friend to drum up excitement.
- Get involved. Volunteer for back-to-school events if you are able.
- Set and discuss new goals for the school year.
- Read some back to school books.
- Give yourself and kids some time and acceptance. It takes time to get back into a routine.
- Make a first day card or gift for your new teacher.
- Check off a few activities from your end of summer to do list. Squeeze in one last swim, playdate, or end of summer movie night.
Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.