Coping With Back-to-School Jitters
Get Them Talking
"I make sure that we talk about their day. I do this before starting school (after day care or after time with a babysitter), so that when they do start school, they're used to sharing what has happened." -Jill
Boost their Brains
"Throughout the summer we continue reviewing what they already learned last year and we visit the local library for new books to read. About one or two weeks before school starts, we get back into going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. This really does help." -M.
"My mom always planned a special 'mommy-and-me' back-to-school outing. We went out just the two of us (my dad took my brother separately) and spent and entire day getting ready for school. We picked out school supplies (and a back-to-school outfit or two), had lunch at the park, and talked about our goals and expectations for the school year. It was a wonderful way to start the school year off right and I still treasure the memories." -Flaca
Do a Trial Run
"To get my kids (ages 5 and 3) ready for the schedule, I have them do a rough version of the school schedule with 'Mama School.' This way they know what to expect. We make it fun so (hopefully) everyone will be excited for school." -Michele
Scope out the Scene
"I took my daughter to her new school a number of different times throughout the year. We went to register and to check out the playground. We went another time for a tour. We even went back to pick up her uniforms a different day. Now we are going back to meet the teacher this week. I think visiting many times before the first day of school will help her to feel a little more familiar with her new school and a little more comfortable the first day." -M.
Go on Jitter Patrol
"My daughters are so excited for the first day of school that they haven't been able to sleep in past years. Now, we have a big play date with their friends planned for the day before school. It will involve a lot of playtime outside, i.e., bikes, hopscotch, hide-and-seek. Then a good supper, getting their back-to-school gear together, a bath and off to bed." -Amy
Pass Them a Note
"I decided to write some kind of note to my son in his lunch. Finally on his third day of 1st grade, he told me he likes it best when I finish them with a smiley face!" -It's said that luck favors the prepared.
"One mistake I made last year: I took my youngest to class first so she saw me and her sister leaving. She thought we were leaving here there and she cried her heart out. So, I say leave older ones first and smaller ones last!" -Hilary
Hold Back the Tears
"Do your best to let them know it's fun. Let them pick out stuff they want to bring with them, and don't cry in front of them. (Also, try to steer them away from other crying children. Once one cries they all start crying.)" -Audrey