Brampton - It hardly seems fair that all of the hype about back to school is already in high gear. There will be time enough to get to the mall to do the all-important back to school shopping for clothes and supplies, but right now there are more important issues to consider.
Our children will be two months older when they head back to start the new school year. It's a hectic time of change for both parents and children. Children may be starting school for the first time or moving up to high school and we should take a moment to consider how their daily routine will be affected.
What new life skills will your children need to make the back to school transition? Spending some time now to anticipate how to integrate these skills into the family routine will save time and energy come September.
·Book the annual visit to the doctor, dentist, orthodontist and optometrist. There is no sense putting it off until children will need to miss school. Book appointments for all of the children on the same day and then spend the rest of the day doing a fun family summertime activity.
·A child entering kindergarten will need some basic social skills and simple conversation starters in order to get to know their classmates. Keep it simple by suggesting that they ask open-ended questions for example,"What kinds of games do you like to play?"
·A child moving from kindergarten into grade one will be mixing with the older kids out in the big schoolyard for the first time. They might be frightened of bullies. A summertime tour of the schoolyard might banish their fears.
·Primary grade children will benefit from recess play ideas. Discuss what they like to do at recess and then search your home for props to make their play more fun. Maybe now is the time to teach children how to jump rope, play basketball or the rules about soccer.
·Middle school children may be switching schools or taking public transit to get to school. Take a bus ride with them to alleviate any trepidation they might be (silently) feeling.
·Consider the transition preteens have undergone over the summer. Perhaps its time for deodorant, shaving lessons, or tips on hair care or makeup application. A refresher in grooming routines and dental hygiene may make for smoother morning routines.
·A high school child will benefit from lessons in nutrition. This might be the first time that they cannot come home for lunch and cafeteria food is notoriously bad. Experiment with sandwich wraps and tasty condiments. Also emphasize safe food handling techniques and the proper way to sanitize water bottles.
·A college or university child will need Laundry Lessons 101. Get them used to sorting, washing, drying and ironing their own laundry long before they leave for the dormitories. Either that or they should become accustom to wearing pink T-shirts, socks and underwear. For additional tips inquire about the soon to be released "Student Survival Guide – On Your Own at College or University" written by Karen Sencich.
© 2007, Karen Sencich, Professional Organizer, Speaker and Writer