7 Back To School Tips For Parents
As summer comes to a close and the pandemic isn't going away anytime soon, heading back to school can bring up lots of emotions for the little ones. Have you started preparing your little ones for the new year? From choosing stationery to resetting a back-to-school ritual, our guide has all the back to school tips for parents so you can make this year the best one yet.
1. Establish A Good Sleep Routine
It's most likely your petit's sleeping schedule is all over the place during the summer holiday. Ease into back to school mode by establishing a good sleep routine for your toddler. If your target bedtime is 9pm, start adjusting your evening routine by 15 minute each night until you meet your target bedtime. Small adjustments are easier for your petit to get used to rather than a drastic change suddenly. You can also use a timer like Time Timer to let your petits know that they have 1 hour to go before it's time to hit the sack.
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2. Manage Screen Time For Kids
Summer holiday tends to mess up everyone’s rule when it comes to screen time for kids. Reset your ground rules with technology and how much your kids spend on the screen a few weeks before school starts so they can adjust to the new routine better. It’s also difficult for the younger toddlers to understand the concept of time. Use Time Timer to help your little ones see time visually, which makes it easier to manage screen time.
3. Prepare A List Of Back-To-School Essentials And Stock Up
Instead of doing a last minute checkup on your school supplies, prepare at least 1-2 weeks in advance so you don't have to stress out the day before the new semester starts.
4. Set Up A Dedicated Study Space
Make sure there's a distraction-free work zone for your petits so they can get their homework done in peace. Declutter and reorganise the study desk and bookshelves are keys here, so they can go through their work without looking for their stationery and worksheets all over the place.
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5. Get Your Lunch Boxes + Water Bottle Ready
If you make homemade lunch for your petits to take back to school, consider getting reusable bento lunch boxes and sandwich bags instead of ziplock bags. Yumbox ’s lunch boxes come with compartments, which is great for portioning a healthy meal. We also love their insulated stainless steel thermo food jar so you can keep the food warm and leakproof. Stay hydrated with a BPA-free water bottle also helps save up money from buying bottle water on the go.
6. Practise School Lunch Ahead Of Time
First day of school can be daunting for the little ones who are transitioning from preschool to kindergarten. Practise “school lunch” with them before their first day, so they can get used to everything from using their new lunch box to eating under a fixed time frame. Make sure they know how to open everything in their lunch bag, eat neatly and clean up after, so they can be more confident when eating in the classroom.
7. Check In With Your Petits About How They Feel
"How do you feel about going back to school? Are you excited or nervous?" - These are some of the questions you can ask your toddlers to check in how they feel about going back to school. Let them know you're always here to listen and address their concerns and feelings with compassion.