Going back to school and getting into a routine can be hard on kids. Here are some tips from our team for kids as school starts back.
- Stay on top of things and do not let yourself fall behind. This is part of self-care: create a schedule, set aside time to work on homework or other things that way there is time for the fun things and extracurriculars, and so that they have less stress overall.
- Start preparing for the change of routine, start going to bed at your “school” bed time, get up at your normal morning time; at open house, focus on where your classes are and visit them in order so you know where to go after each class; just know that everyone else is nervous too!
- Feed the machine! Your brain can’t function if it doesn’t have the energy it needs. Don’t skip breakfast or lunch. These meals give you energy to make it through the day without having to drag yourself across the finish line at the end of the day.
- Start the school year off with doing your best every day.
- Big deep breaths. School is overwhelming and so are changes. Taking a big breath isn’t a cure all but it can help.
- Know that it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. Find a trusted adult at school that you feel comfortable talking to about how you’re feeling and what you need.
- Be kind to others, no matter how you see other students treating the other kids. Seek out the kids who don’t have friends (play alone, sit alone at lunch, etc.) and become their friend, or at least be extra nice to them! Kindness is contagious and it’s free!
- Prioritize your worries – focus your energy on the things you CAN influence.
- Just because it is hard now, doesn’t mean it won’t be better later!
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