Establish a morning routine. Be consistent. Make sure they wake up at the same time every morning. Set up a check list for everything that needs to be done before they leaving for school. Organize the list in the order that things should be done. For example, check the weather, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, check backpack for homework (and other items), grab lunch, and head out the door.
Eat Breakfast. Make sure a protein packed breakfast is a part of the morning routine. Keeping a child full until lunch is vital to help with focusing and optimizing time in the classroom.
Talk about the day together before heading into school. Ask your child what he or she is most looking forward to that day in school. Discuss what's been happening in the classroom. Ask specific questions. Make sure to keep an open dialogue up until dropping them off at the bus stop, school or classroom door.
Leave special notes, reminders, or pictures for your child to find. Put a family photo in their backpack, notebook or folder OR include a fun note in their lunch to remind them how much you love them and how proud of them you are for having a great day at school.
Keep an open dialogue about school when they get home everyday. Check out tips here for starting conversation. Try to keep the discussion positive. Ask about the best part of the day, but it's also ok to ask if there was anything difficult. This will give the opportunity to discuss what they can improve for the next day or can ask for the teacher to help with. Again, make sure questions are specific.
Pick a favorite after school activity or snack. After a successful day in school, allow them to pick a favorite activity or snack for making it through the day. This will also help motivate them to have more good days in the future!
Hope that everyone is successfully adjusting back to school! Don't get discouraged if it's difficult at first, over time it will be easier!