When I walk into a store in summer and see “Back to School” displays, I shudder. I want to be in the now, enjoy the season, and not be reminded of what’s on the horizon.
However, like any harvest we hope to reap in the future, we first have to plant the seeds and nurture them. As the calendar turns to August, we are in the season of nurturing the seeds of successful school transitions this fall. The things you do now will pay rewards to your children in the weeks and months ahead.
Whether it’s your child’s first 1st day of school or they are returning to school, consider the following approaches in these summer weeks:
Right size the emotion
Starting school can be a big deal. Like, a really big deal. And to most parents, it’s considered a huge milestone. Even with positive emotions, too much can be overwhelming for little children. So, right size the feelings to your child’s scale. You do this with your tone of voice, your word choice, and the frequency with which you talk about school.
Breaking in new shoes
New shoes are often uncomfortable. They need to be worn and broken in until the start to feel like they are right. Starting school can feel the same way, just due to the newness of it. There is a lot you can do to make school feel more familiar and comfortable in advance, like a well-worn pair of shoes.
- Is there a playground at the school you can play on before school starts?
- Can you organize a play date with some of your child’s classmates?
Fulfill that summer bucket list NOW
There is a tendency in the last week of summer to notice it slipping away, and to cram all the fun things you wanted to do into that last week. The potential problem with this is it can make saying good-bye to summer and the transition to school that much harder for some children. (I will remind you of this as the last week of August approaches, to make the last days at home mundane). So schedule the fun day trips and events now, so you can focus on transition and getting into fall routines as summer closes.
Read our series each week throughout August for more ideas and information to help everyone have a great start to the school year!
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I'm a mom of four children, a wife, and a Licensed Professional Counselor. My parenting life helps me be a better counselor, and my professional experience helps me be a better mom. Both allow me to be creative, to learn and grow, to make mistakes, and to rarely sleep. I love the beach and gardening, reading if I can stay awake, running (which these days is after my kids and not much else), and using humor through it all!
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