As summer comes to an end, it can be hard to get back into a regular schedule — for both kids and adults. Whether you’re a parent that’s dreading the back-to-school rush, or a babysitter or tutor struggling to help children rediscover homework success, we’ve got some tips for you.
The trick is to plan ahead. Identify strategies and approaches to stay organized, to help ease your child seamlessly back into school and to manage your own stress.
Dr. Fran Walfish, a child and family psychotherapist and author of “The Self-Aware Parent,” and Christina Nichols, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist from a leading independent school in New York City and the Hallowell Center, offer 101 things you can do before school starts to help your kids stay on track — and also keep you sane:
- Set your kids’ sleep schedules back to “School Time” two weeks before the first day.
- Get your kids involved in programs that they can do after school to keep them active.
- Visit cultural attractions like museums to shift their brains into “Scholar” mode.
- Hire an after-school sitter to help care for your kids while you’re at work.
- Encourage your kids to read at least one book before the school year begins.
- Reacquaint your kids with the calendar schedule they’ll use to manage their activities.
- Try apps like iHomework or MyHomeWork to help your kids organize assignments.
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