Back-to-school time can be a harsh adjustment for some kids. During the summer they’ve gotten in the habit of sleeping in, having tons of free time, and not having any homework.
If you’re like a lot of parents, you’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself to make sure that your child adjusts. You want to know exactly what to do to make the transition easier.
That’s why I think you’ll love this article from Parenting On Track that includes things you should avoid doing as you’re helping your child adjust to being back in school. Take a look at this idea:
Allow your kids to establish a routine that works for them, even if they flounder for a week or two. This means not reminding them to pack their homework or asking if they remembered their soccer gear. Having to sit out a game or miss recess is a far more effective way for youngsters to learn to be responsible than parents constantly reminding.
Can you see how it might actually be better for your kids if you’re not hovering over them and making sure that every little thing is taken care of? By stepping back a little, and letting your kids find their own way, they’ll be more likely to learn to rely on themselves.
And guess what? When your kids are relying on themselves, that means more free time for you, Mom or Dad. It’s a win-win all around.
Back To School Routines [Parenting On Track]