Hello parents of the world! At this point you have either already sent off your precious little ones to school or are getting ready for the upcoming school year. Which ever the case, I have a special treat to help you get off to a great academic year!
It all started when it dawned on me that my son would be headed off to school next year. After the anxiety subsided I thought to myself that the plan was to be prepared not anxious. But how do I prepare? Apart from the obvious back pack and running shoes, as a new parent, what more can I do to make sure my kid is off to a great start on his new life chapter? I collaborated with the very talendted Jam Gamble, Educator, TVhost, Media Personality, for a 3 part Back to school special where she shares some very great tips! Be sure to check out the link above (part 2 and 3 can be found on my channel)
But wait! There's more!
There were so many things to cover and we couldn't possibly address it all however here are some added, more precise tips that didn't quite make the cut but are so essential!
I asked Jam:
Should you introduce yourself to teachers on the first day?
Absolutely! Even if it's a quick handshake and a smile, be sure to make that initial connection. Obviously it will be hectic in the morning so you won't necessarily have a lot of time for a lengthy conversation. Be sure to attend meet the teacher night, open house, and parent/teacher interviews to have a more in depth conversation with your child's teacher.
What are cost you may encounter?
Everything from book orders/book fairs, school fundraisers, cookie days/puzza days, food drives, field trips to re-buying backpacks, lunch bags, winter hats/scarfs/mitts, school supplies ect because your child lost it and doesn't check the lost and found bin.
What's a healthy lunch?
Children are picky no doubt, but try to encourage fruits/veggies as much as you can to have a balanced lunch. Maybe they won't eat a fruit on it's own, introduce fruit juice to "sneak it in". It's great to have treats but be cautious how many treats are in the lunch bag vs. actual food.
Also, give your child lots of choices so that if there's something they don't feel like eating today, there's a back up option.
It's all about trial and error when it comes to finding what your child likes. The key thing is to be flexible and patient.
Are you ready to send your little one off to school for the first time? Does it make you feel anxious? Share your experience below!
I hope you found these tips helpful! I know you'll do just fine :)
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