Also known as: first day jitters, new routines and new stresses
- Adjust bedtimes and wake times – set your kid’s sleep schedules back to “school time” two weeks before the first day to get them on the right track.
- Read daily – even reading 20 minutes a day will help them get back into the books, literally.
- Whether it’s the TV or iPad, summer freebies are over. Set times and sub out extra watching time with fun, educational toys.
- Prep the night before – pick out their outfit and pack a lunch to avoid hectic mornings.
- Stock up on school supplies – bring your kiddo along for the ride to Target or Staples and let them pick out their favorites to get them excited.
- Understand how your little is feeling and talk about their feelings as they prepare for all the newness.
- Practice key skills with your kiddo – opening their lunch box, zipping a coat, putting on shoes…and yes, learning how to wipe their own butt is a new toddler-task too!
- Set up playdates with other kids in the class if it’s possible. Having a familiar face when they get to class will be comforting.