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Back To School Vibes

The back-to-school season can be thrilling yet challenging for parents and children. Prioritizing mental health and establishing healthy routines is crucial for a smooth transition. Parents can tend to scramble, so preparation is key, and setting realistic goals to manage the family routine will be helpful for everyone. Kelsey Galletta, Clinical Program Manager at Preventive Measures, states, "The back-to-school season is a mix of emotions, so it is important to talk to your kids about preparing for a better school year." Here are some additional recommendations for a positive and successful school experience:

  • Open Communication: Create a safe space for children to express their thoughts and concerns. Discuss worries and provide reassurance.

  • Establish a Routine: Gradually adjust bedtime and wake-up times. Set consistent mealtimes and designate a study area. Predictable routines reduce anxiety.

  • Plan and Prepare: Involve your child in creating a checklist for supplies. Shopping together can build excitement and bond.

  • Set Realistic Goals: Encourage your child to identify achievable objectives, breaking them down into actionable steps.

  • Prioritize Self-Care: Emphasize exercise, healthy eating, and sufficient sleep. Teach relaxation techniques for stress management.

  • Foster Social Connections: Encourage participation in clubs, sports, or community activities. Arrange social outings to support emotional development.

  • Stay Engaged: Maintain communication with teachers, and attend meetings and events. Being involved reinforces your child's sense of support.

Remember, preparing for back-to-school goes beyond supplies. By prioritizing mental health, routines, and communication, parents and children can thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. As Kelsey Galletta reminds us: "Check for warning signs of anxiety. Some common issues include changes in behavior (fidgeting) and the like. Remind your children of past transitions, in addition to talking to them, and provide a visual that helps them relate to the situation that is to come." Tailor these practices to your child's individual needs for the best results. Let's embrace the back-to-school season with enthusiasm and readiness for growth!

Kids running down the school hallway


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