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Coping with Back to School Jitters

Tips for helping your child and teen get ready for the new school year


After the long, lazy days of summer, September comes up quickly! For children and teens, heading back to school after a break can sometimes feel overwhelming. But don't worry; we're here to help you get ready and make the transition much smoother. Here are some tips that parents can start to implement

1. Get Back into a Routine

Before school starts, it's a good idea to get back into your school routine. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time you would on a school day. This way, your body and mind will be ready to rock and roll when that first bell rings.

2. Talk About Feelings

It's normal to have some feelings about going back to school. Kids might feel excited, nervous, or a mix of both! It's important to talk to your kids and teens about how they are feeling. This can help them feel better and give them some extra encouragement.

3. Reconnect with Friends

Going back to school means reuniting with with their friends. Before school starts, reach out to your child's friends so that they can reconnect before the big day. It's always great to know you have friends waiting for you on that first day. For students starting out at new schools, parents can reach out through other parents or parent groups (e.g., Facebook) so see if they can set up any playdates with existing students to ease that transition.

4. Set Goals

Help your child think about what they want to achieve this school year. It could be improving their grades, trying out for a sports team, or joining a cool club. Setting goals will help them stay focused and motivated throughout the year. Remember to keep checking in on progress towards their goals!

5. Organize Your Supplies

You don't want to start the school year searching for pencils or notebooks, right? Take some time to organize your school supplies. Make sure you have everything you need, like pens, notebooks, and a backpack. Look through your child's existing stash to see what you already have before making your list and heading out to the stores.

6. Tour Your School

If your child is starting a new school, it's a good idea to explore the building before the first day. Ask your school if you can visit before the first day so that you can find your classrooms, the cafeteria, and the bathrooms. This will help you feel more at ease on the big day.

7. Practice Your Route

Whether your child will be walking, taking the bus, or getting a ride to school, it's a good idea to practice your route. If they take the bus, make sure they know your bus stop and the schedule. Practice walking or biking to school if that's how they'll be getting there.

8. Stay Positive

Going back to school can be a bit nerve-wracking, but remember, it's also a chance for new adventures and learning exciting things. Remind your child that everyone feels a bit nervous sometimes, but they'll make new friends, learn amazing things, and have a fantastic time.


Going back to school is an adventure full of possibilities. With a little preparation and a positive attitude, your child and teens will be ready to tackle the new school year like a pro.

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