It’s back-to-school time! Get tips from Mercy’s Gail Snyder, licensed professional clinical counselor, that can help you and your child make this school year as successful as possible.
The first year of school for your child, as well as all the subsequent years of returning to the classroom each fall, can sometimes cause stress and anxiety. It’s easy to focus on all the “do nots,” especially given the many rules most schools have for students these days.
To help make this year’s back-to-school time as successful as possible for both you and your child (or children), here are 16 to-“do” items that have the potential to pave the way for a great school year.
1. Do introduce yourself to your child’s new teacher(s).
2. Do get to know as many of the other parents and children in the class as you can.
3. Do go for a tour together with your child, especially if it’s a new school (or building).
4. Do ask about email and text alerts for homework assignments.
5. Do have your child make a list of the positive things about the new school year and post the list where you can see it.
6. Do set goals for this year. Examples include turning in homework every day or having perfect attendance.
7. Do prepare healthy meals and snacks whenever possible.
8. Do have a “destress” time after school for fifteen to thirty minutes instead of rushing right into homework.
9. Do make a schedule that works for you and your family—and stick to it!
10. Do plan homework time and build in breaks.
11. Do know your child. Some kids study best in quiet, while some do better with sound. Some can sit quietly while others need to move around.
12. Do stick to an appropriate bedtime and have a routine around bedtime. You can enforce being in bed but not, of course, falling asleep.
13. Do avoid arguments in the morning (preparing the night before and having a morning routine helps!) and before bed.
14. Do give lots of encouragement in order to build confidence.
15. Do ask questions that can’t be answered with “yes” or “no.”
16. Do listen more than you talk.
Make it a terrific year! If you find you or your child are struggling, please reach out to Mercy Concern. With offices in Canton and Akron, Ohio, call 330-489-1415 for more information or an appointment.