This is the week, folks – if you haven’t already begun – to start your family’s school readiness.
You know – like adjusting bedtimes, and looking at morning routines.
It’s never an easy transition – from the lazier days of summer to up -and- at- ’em- school days – but gently laying the groundwork this week will show you where the glitches are that need to be considered.
It’s different for every family – and even within each family – for parents as well as for children.
What I hear most often is: No.1- being too tired in the morning (for both child and adult), dawdling, daydreaming, refusing to eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, put shoes on (find shoes!) anxiety about separating, a new school, a new teacher, melt-downs in general.
And, I have to say, in my experience, the antidote for most of these behaviors comes back to a well-rested child and also a well-informed child – who understands the routine, what’s going to happen , has heard the story gently told – their personal family’s story – more than once – of how things will be, and what to expect.
This sharing, this unhurried emotional connection between parents and children – along with precious sleep – will go a very long way toward a smooth and positive and confident start to the school year.
If you have any questions as to how to go about sharing your start-to-school story with your children, give me a call at The Parenting Place or send me an e-mail.
Parents – you’re invited to join us on Tuesday, September 4th at The Parenting Place for The 2nd Annual Back to School Morning from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM for coffee, treats, door prizes, conversation, support. Younger children are welcomed as well.
Drop in, text your friends – join each other – celebrate a new milestone – together – an important day to share!