Prepare your Kids back to School

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Confucius once said, "Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be a failure." This quotation is what every parent should think about when Christmas or summer vacation is near its end.

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Getting the kids ready for school after the long summer or Christmas break can prove to be a hassle. The transition can either be smooth or bumpy, depending on your kids' frame of mind during the vacation. Part of the success in getting your kids ready for school is the accomplishment of coaching them on the things that will need to do. You should remind them how nice it will be to see classmates and friends at school after the long vacation. In this article you will learn tips and tricks that will help you make the transition back to school as smooth as possible, without stressing you or your kids out.

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How To Prepare Your Kids For School

It's important to understand that all kids experience some sort of hesitation or apprehension when they are faced with going back to school. They may not be ready to go back just yet because they want to savor the stress-free feeling of the holidays.

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    Remind your child at least a week before the date that they will return to school
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    In fact, you should have a calendar that clearly indicates the date the summer or holiday vacation ends. This way, you are keeping them in touch with duties and responsibilities. Posting the schedule where it is visible for all of your kids to see will serve as a daily reminder that not only is there a countdown until the vacation starts, but there will also be a countdown until school starts again. No kid wants to be surprised when you wake them up one morning, and tell them school starts today.
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    Talk to your child about how they are feeling about going back to school
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    Kids often have different feelings toward going back to school after a long vacation. Some kids give the impression that they are excited, but are actually just trying to hide their anxiety. If they are excited to go back to school, talk to them about what they are looking forward to, especially if you don't see such excitement during the vacation. The first few weeks are the most critical, so be available for them to talk to, and sensitive to your kids' temperament before and after the first day of school.
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    Attend the school's invitation for an open house
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    The school's open house provides you with an opportunity to see the school grounds, and meet the teachers, student's parents and your child's schoolmates. Treat it as an adventure for you and your child. The open house for kids is the introduction to their class schedules and room, as well as their teachers and classmates they will be interacting daily, once school starts again. The kids will also get to know who their classmates will be. Your kid may find out that he or she may be attending the same school with his or her friends, which will make the school year a good one, with less anxiety.
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    Sit down with your child and give them positive ideas
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    about returning to school
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    Talk to them about making new friends and joining clubs that are available or subjects they like to learn more about. If your child enjoys sports, then this can also be something positive to bring up, something that they can look forward to participating in. This will be on their minds before school starts.
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    Provide encouragement and reassure your child if they feel anxious about returning to school
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    Assure them that feeling anxiety about going back to school after a long vacation is normal - that other kids may also be experiencing the same feelings. If feasible, have him and a classmate go to class together during the first few days of school. By doing so, both kids will feel more confident about themselves.
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    Depending on the age of your child, it will be great to leave encouraging notes
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    There are children who become awfully shy when parents leave encouraging or cheesy notes. Parents may mean well, but children who are starting to learn independence may see this as a weakness. If your kid gets embarrassed about leaving you a peck on the cheek to bid goodbye, then do not leave notes. Instead of a note, promise him a treat at home when he expresses excitement during the first few weeks of school. Some examples of notes you can leave in your child's lunch:  
    1. I love you!
    2. I think you're wonderful!
    3. Don't ever forget how amazing you are!
    4. You are so loved!
    5. Let's do something special this weekend - just the two of us.
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    Assure your child that you will always be there to support him
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    It's also important not to overdo this. Parents have a tendency to overprotect their children, and this might make them feel restricted. Do try to make him or her feel that you are always there to support him, but leave enough room for the kid to assert himself.
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    Allow your kid to mingle and socialize with other kids
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    This will not only help your kid get through school more easily; it will also help his interpersonal communication skills. Relating to other people is one of the skills that cannot be acquired without letting the child be on his own with other children.
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    Allow your child to ride the bus if you think he can take care of himself
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    Some children will prefer to use the school bus service. This is because it provides them more independence from you or your older children. It is also an opportunity for him to get to know other kids his age during the ride. This will help him to assert his self-confidence in front of other people as well.
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    Make sure that you know the organizations or school-related clubs that your kid's school is offering.
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    By doing so, you will know what equipment or gear he needs to have in order to get by
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    Knowledge of the school organization or club that your child joins will not only help you prepare for his needs, but it will also bring you peace of mind in case he calls and tells you he has to stay longer at school. Information about the school's club will also provide you with a better perspective of your child's interests. Some of the choices your child makes might be a pleasant surprise for you.
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    Bring your child along when shopping for school supplies
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    Have them pick the things that they want to use for school. By doing so, you relieve the anxiety of having incomplete school supplies on the first day of school. School supplies should be chosen by your child, within reason.
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    Provide guidance and support, even if your child knows how to pick his or her own clothes for school
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    Adolescence is a stage where children become more conscious of how they appear. Make sure that you support your child's choices, but provide guidance to avoid them any embarrassment. Try to research the latest fashions that teenagers are wearing so you have an idea of what your teenager may choose.
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Tips

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    Try to modify your child's body clock by imposing a new schedule for sleeping, starting at least a week before school begins
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    During summer and holiday vacations, children will tend to go to bed late and wake up late. Their body clock may have gotten used to waking up late, so if you don't try to modify this, it will likely pose a problem when school season starts.
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    Impose guidelines on online games and when going out with friends
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    Make sure that their nights out are scheduled in such a way that it does not interfere with school days. If your children are fond of online games, program the computer so that they can have access to games only at the agreed times.
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    Prepare your kid's study area
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    This should be conducive to working on assignments as well as a comfortable environment where they'll be happy to work on homework.
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    Make sure you prepare healthy and interesting snacks in and out of school
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    There are kids who forget to eat when they are studying, while others enjoy it while studying. Make sure that there are always healthy snacks available for them to dig into when hunger strikes.
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