Back to school can be a stressful time not only for children but also for parents. There are a lot of things to consider and organize, from buying new clothes to preparing meals for your child every day. But don’t worry, things don’t have to be so difficult if you know the right way to approach them.
The bright side has compiled these amazing tips that can help you stay on top of things in the new school year. We haven’t limited the article to specific ages, so you should be able to find a new tip no matter what age your child is.
1. Wait until the end of the first week of school to buy new clothes.
Clothing trends change often, so give your child a week to look at what people at school are wearing now, and only then go shopping for new clothes. Otherwise, you run the risk of buying clothes that will quickly seem “uncool” to your child, and he will no longer want to wear them at school.
2. Don’t forget to put a menstrual kit in your daughter’s bag.
A menstrual kit understand towels, underwear and painkillers. Packing it can be as essential as packing a lunch box, and it could also help your child’s classmates.
3. Prepare enough sandwiches for a week at a time and put them in the freezer.
Preparing meals can be tedious on top of your other responsibilities, so for your child’s lunch, Craft as many sandwiches as you need for the week on your day off and put them in the freezer so they don’t spoil.
4. Glue the marker covers together.
To to prevent your child from losing markers all the time, glue all the lids together. This way, the child will only have to remove the markers he needs and put them back when he is finished.
5. Cut a sticker in 2 and place it in your preschooler’s shoes.
If your child is young enough to confuse which foot the shoe fits on, there is a Easy the solution. Find a large sticker of a character. Cut it in half and place the right half of the sticker in the right shoe and the left in the other shoe. Tell your child to make sure the picture matches before putting the shoes on.
6. You can use yogurt packets as an ice pack.
Freeze the yogurt packets the day before putting them in your child’s backpack. They go work as ice packs in your child’s lunch box and will thaw out at lunch.
7. It may not be a good idea for your child to wear sequins to school.
Glittering shirts that change running your hands up and down might sound cool, and younger kids will surely think so. However, the problem here is that most children will also want to try playing with the sparkles on your child’s shirt, so a lot of hands will be touching your child’s clothes. It’s best to leave flip sequins for notebooks.
8. Practice with your child to eat within the allotted time before school starts.
Most school meals last 20 to 30 minutes, so teach your child to eat within that time frame. Set a timer and let them know the limit. This will help build their confidence and your child won’t have the problem of not eating because they ran out of time.
9. When your child comes home from school, don’t ask, “How was your day?”
When asked such a broad question, a child is likely give a vague answer or say that they really don’t have anything interesting to share. Instead, ask them a specific question and give them options. For example, ask, “What did you eat today?” A sandwich or a pizza? If the child had something else, it will trigger their memory and they will start telling you what really happened.
10. Remember to focus on the positives when talking to your child about going back to school.
Going back to school can be a stressful period of time for your child, so support them during this period. Tell them about things they’ll enjoy, like seeing their friends again, working out at the gym, or showing off their new haircut or new clothes.
How do you deal with back-to-school stress? And what part of the process do you actually like?