We tend to think of back-to-school as something that happens on one day or over a week or two. However, the process of transitioning back to the classroom can take much longer for some students. If your child feels anxiety and stress over going back to school, they won’t perform their best in their studies. As a parent or guardian, how can you help your child have a positive experience as they head back for a new school year? Child psychiatrist Dr. Dwivedi Tarenendu has four ways you can help your kids ease back into school.
- Reestablish routines – We all like to take a break during the summer. As a result, chores and activities may have not been as much of a priority in your home. Getting back to these routines will give children the structure they need.
- Stick to sleep schedules – Decide on times for your child to go to bed and wake up. Then stick to them. This helps them get the sleep they need and creates a sense of familiarity.
- Remember the importance of family meals – Life gets hectic this time of year. But finding time to eat together as a family – even if it’s just a few times a week – allows you to bond and build stronger relationships. It also gives your kids a chance to share about their experiences at school.
- Talk with your children about their feelings – Check in with your children to see how school and afterschool activities are going. If they seem anxious, talk with them. See what’s bothering them. If you feel like you cannot provide sufficient comfort, reach out to a child psychiatrist for support.
Dr. Dwivedi Tarenendu is a child psychiatrist in Rock Hill, SC. Our staff is ready to attend to all your child’s needs so you can have a successful and happy school year.