Getting your kids ready for a new school term can be daunting, whether it is their first ever or they are just returning after the break. There are a number of things you need to think about to make sure that you have forgotten nothing and that they are going to be perfectly prepared, and it’s no wonder that a lot of parents find this one of the most stressful times of the year. As it happens, there are three major ways in which you might need to check whether your child is ready. As long as you are thinking about these three major headings, you can be sure you are doing all that is necessary to get your child ready for their new term at school.

Emotionally

Your child’s emotions might well be all over the place when it is time to go back to school. We all remember what it can feel like, and it’s no secret that it is generally not all that pleasant as an experience. However, it is important that you think carefully about their emotional life at this time, as this is one of the major ways in which you need to prepare them for their next school term.

If you think they are struggling emotionally, then it might be worth sitting down with them and talking it over, which could include discussing anything they might be nervous or worried about and checking to see that they are still happy with their friends and so on. As long as they are, you will feel much better sending them off to school for the next term.

Practically

So many things need to be considered, and now is the time for you to bring out the checklists and see whether you have thought of them all. Some of the school supplies your child will need are obvious, but others you can easily forget about until the day before – which then means a last-minute rush to make it all work on time.

It’s a good idea to try and calm down a little here, as it only causes you further damage to stress yourself out. But as long as you do that, you should find that you are able to get your child ready for school much more effectively, as when they are ready in a practical sense it is really all you need in order to make them feel ready in general. Get the practicalities right and the rest will surely follow.

Socially

Going back to school is a big difference socially, and it’s a good idea to make sure that your child is also prepared in this way, as it is one of the biggest concerns for most children. If your kid is a teenager, it might prove to be especially difficult, but even at very young ages, they might already be worried about the social side of things. Do whatever you can to calm them and reassure them and remind them that there are many other people out there to be friends with. This is the healthy approach to take.

By Erica Buteau

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