GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) The transition from the carefree days of summer to the structured schedule of school can be tough for some children. The experts at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services say going back to school can be a challenging time for kids. Here are some tips on how to establish and stick to a routine for the busy back-to-school season.
Continue to give your children household responsibilities
Maintaining small and simple tasks promotes family connection and cohesiveness. Keep in mind the age of your child and what they are capable of. For example, a four year old is capable to helping to set the table whereas a 12 year old is able to do dishes. Chores should last no more than 10 to 15 minutes.
Practice the school routine two to three weeks before it starts
Practicing bedtime, setting alarms, setting out clothes, packing the school bag, etc. allows your child time to transition from the less pressured summer routine so they can be most successful on the first few days back to school.
Maintain a consistent homework time
Set aside consistent homework time each day. If your child doesn’t have homework, encourage some practice anyway, like reading or flashcards, etc.
Allow your child some down time at the end of the day
School can be demanding and fast-paced. Allow your children time to unwind and take breathers. You might label it as “family quiet time.”
Find more tips and ways to battle back-to-school blues on the Pine Rest blog.