Tips for Back to School

It’s that time, again! School buses across the Greater Richmond region have started their test runs, teachers are outlining their lesson plans, and moms and dads have begun getting school supplies ready. It’s Back to School time!

Back to school can be a very stressful time of the year so we’ve put together a short list to ensure you and your child start the new year right!

  1. Reacquaint Your Child with the School Calendar: Most schools will start after Labor Day. Take this week to reacquaint them with a more formalized schedule this week. This means ensuring that they start getting up like they would on a normal school day. Start using a meal and bedtime schedule. Taking the time to adjust their internal clocks now will save you a lot of stress next week.
  2. Double-Check on School Bus Pick Up Locations: School systems are constantly having to reevaluate where children should be picked up. Make sure you know exactly where and what time your child needs to be at the bus stop. No one wants to be late on the first day of school.
  3. Discuss Any Concerns Now: Children will always be nervous about the first day of school; even if they know the school and are anxious to see their friends. Each passing year brings new teachers, new lesson plans, and new challenges for students. Talk to your child to see if there is anything that they are nervous about.
  4. Plan Out Healthy, Nutritious Meals: Eating well is important for everyone but it is especially important for parents and children during the first week of school. There is so much going on and it can be easy to miss meals or eat something that isn’t healthy for you. Both parents and children should map out a healthy meal regiment for next week so that they start the school year off on the right foot.

Back to School doesn’t need to be stressful. It is an exciting time for everyone. We would like to wish parents and children alike a very happy Back to School season!