Back To School Transition Tips

School supplies in brown tone on wooden desk

I’m just going to say it. I do not transition well.

Do you? Do your kids?

Thankfully, I’m finding the more I force myself to transition – say, living in three states in three years – the easier it gets. I’m glad it’s getting easier, but it’s still no walk in the park.

Because I have this trait and I’m a parent, I tend to place some extra emphasis on my daughter’s transitions. I like to prep her and talk through any transition: potty training, leaving the house, preschool, turning the tv off, and changing clothes.

Overkill? Probably, but I’m okay with it for now. 🙂

Back to school time is upon us, and can be quite the doozy of a transition for parents and kiddos alike. If you have lazy, vacation-filled summers, it can be especially rough to bring back the schedule, routine, and studying. We’ve done some research, and found some pretty good tips for easing the pangs of back to school.

 

ease into it

Getting an early start is good for most transitions but especially ones that involve bed/wake-up time. This article has some great advice about bumping back bedtime 10 minutes each night until you’re back on “school schedule.” Likewise, she advises to wake the kiddos up 10 minutes earlier each morning to get ready for the early mornings.

 

Emotions

There can be lots of emotions surrounding back to school. Whether they’re mom’s tears about her baby starting preschool (my current season), or your middle school young man’s anxiety about transitioning to high school, the cardinal rule of emotions: talk about them. This article has great tips and tricks.

 

food

Regardless of what kind of parent you are – working, stay at home, in school, anything in between – the thought of meals can be a stressful one. But, it doesn’t have to be! Check out our Pinterest board full of recipes and ideas for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Martha Steward recommends a lunch chart because kids may be more likely to eat and enjoy lunch if they help plan the menu. Personally, I purchased a meal planning service,and I am so glad I did. The one I use has options for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. You can customize it to your family size and eating style – clean, classic, ALL CROCKPOT, and so many more. My favorite part about it is the grocery list feature. It makes my list for me based on what’s on the menu that week! Then I just add the toilet paper or shampoo we need. My husband says it’s one of the best things I ever talked him into. 🙂

 

Money

If you’re not careful, you can spend a small fortune on sending your kiddo back to school. From clothes to shoes to school supplies, it can get quite expensive and time consuming. Check out this HuffPost article for some money saving tips and tricks!

What about you? What stresses you about the back to school transition? What helps you deal? I’d love to hear!

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LCA SigAbout Lionheart: Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children.

Our first center is located at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in South Arlington.

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