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Back-to-School Tips for Caregivers

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It’s Back to School season! We asked our LifeSkills team the top tips they have for caregivers as their kids go back to school. Take a look below!

  • The best tip I have for caregivers supporting their children going back to school, is to be patient. Children are going through many different changes with starting a new grade, or even a new school, and some extra patience may be needed from the caregiver. With change comes anxiety and worry, or even some excitement as well, which often leads to new behaviors and changes within the child themselves.
  • Be patient, any change in routine can be overwhelming and it may take time for them to adjust; if you have an overly anxious child, ask the school if you can take them on a private walk through of their class schedule to familiarize the child with the layout and route they will need to travel daily
  • Take advantage of any ”Open Houses” or “Back to School” events that your child’s
    school/school district may have. It’s a great opportunity for the caregiver and students alike to familiarize themselves with the student’s new teachers, school layout, and support staff. They may also score some useful school supplies in the process.
  • If your child comes home and tells you something that doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, still listen and take them seriously. It’s a big deal to them! When our kids come to us with whatever problems or issues they may be having, it’s important to let them know that we are actually taking the time to hear them out without judgment.
  • Develop a consistent morning and nighttime routine with kids that includes consistent times to wake up and go to bed and limited screen time.
  • Start the day with a positive attitude, this reflects on the children.
  • Give the kids some grace, especially for those transitioning to new schools.
  • Find out who your child’s biggest supports are.
  • Communicate with school staff early and often.
  • Find a trusted adult in the school that can be an advocate for your child’s specific needs, and can help develop or implement a plan for dealing their emotions and addressing their specific needs.

If you or your child need additional support, reach out to the LifeSkills team. Learn more about
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