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It’s 6:30 am on September 5. Your child’s alarm is blaring the latest of today’s top 40 hits. You rush into your child’s room to find her still sleeping most likely dreaming of sleeping in, days at the beach, summer vacation and playing with friends. Hands down “the best summer she’s ever had”. She finally wakes up on the wrong side of the bed moody and sluggish remembering it’s the first day of school. Back to school is difficult not only for the children but the parents too. Sometimes children are expected to accept they have to go back to the classroom on that first day and parents are crossing their fingers that first day will go smoothly.
There is no full proof plan that your child will willingly get out of bed that morning looking at the birds chirping on the windowsill while singing “Oh what a beautiful morning…” However, parents can work with their children giving them something to look forward to on that dreaded first day of school.
The first suggestion. Think of what your children’s main concerns are about going back on that first day. For some kids it’s everything from the outfit they wear to the different teachers and the expectations that will inevitably be put on them. Talk with your children about these concerns and engage in activities with them. Some things you can do with your children to make the school year something to look forward to:
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