As kids get ready to return to school how can parents help them adapt? Parents across the country are preparing their children to return to school in the Fall.
With so many restrictions and changes, what can parents do to help their kids know what to expect and be ready?
#1: Explain New Guidelines
As school districts share new guidelines and restrictions, share them with your children.
It might seem like a lot of information but this will allow your child to process what their new learning environment will look like.
Even before any official instructions are provided you can begin to prepare your kids for the inevitability that school will not look the same as it did last Fall.
Be open, honest and give them the information they need to be prepared, even when it seems like a lot.
#2: Describe how classrooms will look
Another thing you can do to help prep your kids for the “new normal” is to have a conversation about how their school and their classroom will look. Each school district across the country will be informing families of what they can expect in the classrooms, playgrounds, cafeterias and throughout the school campus.
As you get this information, relay it to your children. If desks will be separated, let them know ahead of time. If access to playgrounds and outside time will be limited, give them a chance to digest that.
Kids who have attended school for years in the same general setting will have to get used to many changes and letting them prepare for that ahead of time can make a big difference.
#3: Find a mask they are comfortable with
One important thing that you can do to help your children acclimate back to a school environment is to find a mask that they are comfortable wearing and help them get used to it.
While some schools will only require masks when students are coming and going, other might require more extensive wear. Prepare your child for whatever might be the case so they are ready.
#4: Keep communication open
Chances are kids are going to have a lot to talk about. The problem is if your teen or tween isn’t much of a talker they might have a lot to work through.
It’s easy to let the conversation go cold but stick with it.
Having a forum to talk through things that weigh on your teen provides them with a powerful mental health tool.
This is where parents can help by starting a conversation about how their kids are feeling as they prepare to return to school and make the transition back in the Fall.
#5: Give them tools to handle stress and anxiety
No matter how prepared your children are for the return to school, there will be some degree of apprehension for all kids (and parents). This is why it is critical for parents to give their children some tools to help manage stress, worry, and anxiety throughout their day.
The summer is an ideal time to help kids gather some simple but important life skills that will help them deal with the challenges ahead.
We offer a digital coaching program as well as a self-care toolkit for teens that are both designed to help teens and tweens develop skills that will benefit their physical and emotional wellness.
If you want to know more about how you can help your teen handle the stressors in their life, visit our website at www.resilityhealth.com.