Off to School, We Go!

It’s almost that time again. Summer break is over, and the children go back to school. Below are some tips that will assist with the beginning of a new school year. Some of the tips below are useful throughout the entire school year. Whether a child is starting a new school year or a new school, going back to school can be stressful for children.

Tips To Help Parents Prepare for a New School Year

Talk and listen to your child. Check-in with your kiddo and ask how they are feeling as the day approaches.

Normalize their thoughts and feelings. Remind your child that other children are probably feeling the same way. Let them know it is “okay” to feel scared, nervous, or happy. All feelings are welcome!

Highlight positive points of returning to school. Seeing old friends and making new friends. If your child likes a certain subject at school, mention the subject and how they excelled during the past school year.

Prepare their backpack together. Take out the school supplies and organize them together. Remind your child to always use both shoulder straps to prevent straining muscles when using one strap. If needed, adjust the length of the backpack.

Two weeks before school begins, start a sleep routine. This will assist your child in adjusting to a new bedtime and waking up early. The sleep routine should include activities that will help a child fall asleep. The activities may include a bath/shower, removing electronics, story time, gentle massage, or preparing clothes for the following day.

Ensure your child starts their school day with breakfast. Whether breakfast is at home or a school cafeteria, ensure your child has a nutritious breakfast to provide energy and improve concentration, and overall functioning.

Review their school schedule together. Tell them about their lunch time, class times, locker combinations, and anything else that may be important.

Parents/caregivers, for a successful school year, continue checking in with your children. Familiarize yourself with resources at school. Advocate for any educational needs your child might need. Provide your child with a consistent schedule for homework to create good study habits. A new school year is not just for your child, but also for you. Work as a team and make it a successful academic year!

Seek Support if Needed

If you or your child is experiencing deep depression, feeling overwhelmed, or is very anxious please know that help is always here for you at ECDA. El Centro de Amistad translated into English means The Friendship Center—aptly named for those seeking help and support to build a sense of connection and community and to improve their mental health. ECDA has an array of resources available; If you would like to speak to a professional, please give us a call at (818) 898-0223 to speak to our Intake team and schedule your appointment.

The article was written by Viviana Hernandez, M.S., LMFT, Clinical Supervisor