How does your family JUMP back into the ‘Going Back to School’ transition? Read on for tips to help going from lazy summer days to school mode from our team of clinicians!
Dominique Adkins, Ed.d., LPC, NCC, ACS:
As we begin to prepare for the new school year, do not let future worries ruin the last few moments of summer. Remember we only have control over what is happening in this moment so let’s make it count! These last few weeks offer a wonderful opportunity to prepare and set the tone for the new school year.
Positive experiences NOW provide a foundation for positive results!
Amanda Beyland, LCSW:
Although we may all not be quite ready to admit it, summer is coming to an end and a new school year is just around the corner. Preparing to go back to school can be a time full of both excitement and anxiety. With the anticipation of seeing friends and teachers there may also be some nerves as kids are preparing to meet new people, learn in a different classroom, and get back into the school day routine.
In order to help with these transitions, take advantage of “meet your teacher” night, if your school has one, to help familiarize your children with the classroom they will be learning in and who their teacher is. It’s helpful to try and get back into the routine of things a few days early to help make the first day of school a little less stressful. Try setting the alarm, getting ready for the day, and see how long it takes to be ready to get out of the door. It may help your child get excited for the school year by including them in back to school shopping so they can pick out something whether is it a cool new notebook or a lunchbox with their favorite design.
While there will be lots of preparation happening, speak positively about the school year and all the great things your child has to look forward to!
Kasey Cain, Resident in Counseling:
For as long as I can remember I have gotten nervous about going back to school (or the first day of work, or the beginning of anything really), and I love school. I love it so much I have gone back multiple times and picked a career as a school counselor so I can be in schools. With many years of experience in going back to school personally and professionally and in supporting students and families, I believe that in preparing for the transition back to school, it is important to do the following:
Be on the lookout for Back To School Tips from our newest team member, Vanessa Mackall, next week!
Until then, Be Wise!
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