Back to School–Already???

Best to be prepared, I guess. (Sigh.) 
Hello friends! Diane Lang is here with some tips to getting kiddies of all ages ready to start the new school year fresh! (Make sure to scroll down to the end; she links us to her latest positive parenting article and offers a free workshop for those in the NJ area. :))
     

Back to school is right around. Here are some tips to make the transition back to school smooth for both the kids and the parents.

*Start the school schedule a few weeks before school starts. Gradually get your kids back into their school routine. For my daughter, each week she goes to bed early until we get back to her school schedule.

*Get the kids ready by going school shopping together for their school supplies. Make sure your kids are involved. This will help them to feel involved and independent. You can have your kids pick out their backpacks, lunch bags, pencil bags, etc.

*Go to school and visit before school starts. This will allow your child to learn their new surroundings and to help them feel comfortable on their first day at school.  Most schools have a few days that are open for visitors for this purpose.

*Go to school and visit before school starts. This will allow your child to learn their new surroundings and to help them feel comfortable on their first day at school.  Most schools have a few days that are open for visitors for this purpose.

*Always talk positive about school. Kids listen more then we think. You are their role model, if they hear you talk negative it can change their perspective on school.

*If your kids are young, read them books about going to school. Let your child ask questions about school.

Remember, kids can feel anxiety about their first day of school as young as pre-school all the way through college. It’s normal. Make sure to be supportive of your child.

Diane will be offering live help here:  Free Workshop for Parents at Whole Foods in Madison, NJ

Preparing for Back to School: Wednesday, August 24th at 12:00-1:30 pm FREE

Join Whole Foods Market Madison and Diane Lane, MA for tips and suggestion about the best way to prepare your child for the upcoming school year.   The end of summer break means no more going to bed late, sleeping late or playing outside till dark. This is the time when kids think new classrooms, teachers and friends.  Whether your child is starting pre-school or elementary school, it can still be an anxious time for both the kids and the parents. However if you prepare your child for school you can help sooth their nerves and have a smooth transition into the school year.  A complimentary light lunch will be served to all participants. Register via email at rcm.rsvp@wholefoods.com or call customer service at 973-822-8444.

Positive Parent article: My latest article can be read at Natural Awakenings

For more information please visit Diane’s website at or e-mail Diane at Lifeline36@aol.com.

Diane Lang, MA

Positive Living Expert/Educator

http://www.dlcounseling.com

Please feel free to add any tips you think belong on this list. And, anyone who may have attended Diane’s workshops, please feel free to share about your experience(s)!

Thanks, Diane! Looking forward to you joining us again one week from today with tips about encouraging and supporting our children during the learning process!

Until next time folks,
Joanna

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