By Jennifer Allison
Summer seems to slip away so quickly, the air gets cooler, plants go to seed and school beckons our children. I’ve found a few things that have helped ease the transition back to school for my family.
Set up your rhythm: Design a routine that works around what is important in your day. It is easier for children, especially the younger ones, if there is a consistent rhythm to the day. When do you need to get up so there is enough time to get ready? Try to eat breakfast at the same time every school day, and after school be ready with a snack and activities to allow your child to relax and refresh before they take care of other responsibilities. Keeping it the same most days will help a child stay grounded.
Seek sustainable sleep: This is so important for your child. Sleep allows children to process what they take in during the day and integrate it, and it’s essential for a healthy immune system. Give your child a calming, consistent bedtime ritual, like brushing teeth, reading a story and lightly rubbing their feet or backs. This can bring children back into their bodies and get ready for sleep. Keep to a regular bedtime.
Support the transition: An anxious child who does not want to leave your side will do well knowing what to expect when they get to school. You can say something like, “Mommy will walk you to your classroom, and then I am going to give you a hug and I will see you at the end of the day.” Keep is short and sweet. Lingering only makes the parting harder for your little ones.
Jennifer is an early childhood educator at Gnome’s Home. Please visit GnomesHome.org for more information on classes for children and adults.