3 Ways Parents Can Prevent Back-to-School Meltdowns
Back-to-school meltdowns are a real problem for many parents every year. Some kids have a hard time being away from home, even for a few hours during the day. They are frightened, nervous and worried about going to school. These kids often express their fears by screaming, crying and refusing to go to school almost every day. It can be an exhausting experience for everyone, including parents. Fortunately, there is hope.
Here are three ways for parents to prevent back-to-school meltdowns:
1. Start preparing the kids for school early. Talk to your child about going back to school two or three weeks before it begins. This will give you time to see his/her reaction so you can start addressing his/her fears early. Look for ways to help your child cope with his/her anxiety and it will help ease his/her fears before school even starts. Usually, the school will send information about the upcoming year a few weeks before school starts that includes a calendar. Post it on the refrigerator and start a countdown and talk about the fun activities and courses that your child likes. Seeing friends from the previous school year by arranging a playdate a week or two before school starts will also help with back to school anxieties.
2. Get back on your regular school schedule. Reinforce an earlier bedtime to ensure your child gets plenty of sleep. In addition to getting her in bed on time, be sure to wake her up in the morning. Start the day with a good nutritious breakfast to help get her used to the new schedule before school starts.
3. Stay calm and relaxed yourself. If you get yourself worked up over what might happen, it’ll make her even more anxious. Put on a happy face and be positive when talking about going back to school.
Start preparing for the new school year early and it’ll help make things go a lot smoother during those first few days. Hopefully, it will be enough to help prevent those back-to-school meltdowns.