Sunday, Apr 21st

Tips for a Smooth Transition to the School Year

yogakidsIt’s that time of year again! The days are cooler, the nights are longer, and the air is filled with the excitement of a new school year. Whether this first week back to school has your kiddos jumping for joy or wringing their hands, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions for making the transition go as smoothly as possible.

~Get a good night's sleep.
*A healthy sleep routine has so many benefits including boosting stamina, focus, and moods!

~Remain organized and follow a predictable routine.
*Try packing up and preparing the night before and creating and posting a visual checklist for your child.

~Plan and eat healthy meals and snacks.
*Eating a healthy diet full of protein and lots of fruits and veggies will help boost energy levels, increase attention span, and keep your immune system strong! Click here for snack suggestions.

~Use mindful techniques to help ease anxiety.
*In addition to relieving tension and stress, mindfulness can also help improve focus and attention. Click here to find mindfulness activities to do with your family.

~Regularly check in with your kids.
*Check to see how they are feeling about going back to school. Try to ask open ended questions and use “active listening” skills. But also express your confidence in your child’s ability to make a smooth transition.

~Communicate with your child’s teacher and other faculty members.
*We are lucky to have such dedicated and responsive teams here in Scarsdale! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, counselor, or school psychologist. And don’t forget that Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Services is an invaluable resource for our community!

From preschool through senior year, these tips should help any student start the year off right. Wishing all of our families a happy and healthy school year!

Wendy MacMillan is a former teacher and now a proud mom of two, school aged children. With a background in psychology, education, and mindfulness, Wendy has long been passionate about wellness and helping others.

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