Every parent is different and I know that sometimes the sweet days of summer can also be trying days. I know that many parents look forward to the end of those carefree days, to school starting, so that they can get their quiet time back. But if I am being honest, I love summer. I know that my boys are growing up way too fast and I want to cherish every moment that I am able to with them. But, no matter how much I wish it to be summer forever, back-to-school is creeping up on us quickly.
The beginning of a new school year is typically filled with many emotions. Children are excited to meet new friends and learn new things, but also nervous about the unknown. Back to school can be an especially challenging time for families with children who struggle with reading, writing, math, organization, or focus. Unbelievably, one in five children in the U.S. have learning and attention issues, like ADHD and dyslexia. Many of these go undiagnosed every year. Children with these types of challenges can feel especially stressed during the back-to-school season as they face new subjects, teachers, and schools. And if you are a parent of a child with learning and attention issues—there is no reason to feel like you are doing this alone!
The Ad Council and Understood.org have partnered to promote ways children and their families can be First-Day Ready. Understood.org is offering a free First-Day Ready Guide to help parents with students at every age successfully manage back-to-school transitions.
Plan Plan Plan
Planning early is important to help relieve stress. Creating structure and routine around the start of the new school year—with checklists, calendars, and other organization system—helps prepare kids for class expectations. The Back-to-School Countdown Planner will take the guesswork out of when the first day of school is.
Visit The School
Call the school and see if you can take your child on a school tour to help ease fears by showing them how to find their classroom, nearby bathrooms, the cafeteria and other important places the first week of school. This can be a huge stress relief whether the child is new to the school or not. Just knowing where to go can help them feel more comfortable.
Connect With The Teacher
Meeting the teacher early on benefits everyone and creates a great starting point for the new year. This will give you an opportunity to share your child’s needs or learning style while expressing your support for the teacher and the challenges he/she may be facing with a new classroom full of students.
Many parents and students are going through the same experience. org and Understood’s Facebook page connect parents across the country to share information and learn from each other. You can also ask around your community and school to find other parents you can connect with.
So, no matter your child’s age or needs, make this Back-to-School season a seamless transition and positive experience! If you could use some help getting started on the right foot this school year Understood.org is also offering a free First-Day Ready Guide to help.
If you could use some help getting started on the right foot this school year, Understood.org is a great place to start.
All kids learn in different ways and at different paces. With the right support, all kids can thrive in school and in life.
Author: Debbie Bookstaber
Debbie lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two sons. She’s a #momprenuer who loves technology, toys, travel and anything that helps her squeeze more time with her children into her packed schedule. After graduating from Yale University with a BA and MA, Debbie worked in the travel industry at companies such as Site.59 (a start-up later acquired by Travelocity), Travelocity.com and Expedia.com. Debbie is currently a partner at Element Associates. In 2012, Debbie helped organize SheCon, and she is a frequent speaker at social media and tech conferences such as BlogHer, SXSW, Type-A Parent, Affiliate Summit, SheConExpo, and ASTRA Marketplace. Along with Candace, Debbie is the co-founder of Bloganthropy.org, which recognizes bloggers for using social media for social good, which is at the heart of what she does every day. Debbie serves on several charitable boards, focusing on education and at-risk students. Find Debbie at Mamanista.com