There are few events in our lives that delicately balance the feeling of excitement and sadness like going back to school.
Whether you’re three-years-old about to begin Young Preschool, thirteen-years-old starting Junior High or thirty-years-old dropping your infant off at care for the first time, transition and change are never easy. The good news… the bulldog with boxing gloves is really a sweet little puppy and you can win this fight if you have the right tools.
Fighting the “I Miss My Child Back to School Blues”-
-Bring tissues in your car (just in case you cry in the parking lot after you drop off)
-Take a picture of your child in the morning before school, print it and put it on your desk. It’s a good reminder of how grown your child has become
-Call the teacher and check in once…ok maybe twice.
-Call your mom or dad and ask them how they felt the first time you went to school.
-Treat yourself to a nice lunch. You worked very hard to get your child ready for this big day so reward yourself!
Fighting the “I Miss My Parents, Sleeping In, My Dog and Summer Vacation Back to School Blues”-
-Include your children in the back to school process. Take them shopping for clothes and schools supplies
-Make sure their teacher has lots of family pictures so they can see your face whenever they need to.
-If you pack their lunch, write a note on their napkin (don’t worry they won’t use it anyways)
-If you have a dog, make a “welcome home” sign and tie it to your dog’s collar.
-Practice your schedule before school starts. Everything from bedtime to practicing drop off and pick up will build your child’s comfort level with going back to school.
-Smile…A LOT. Nothing fights the blues like the beaming smile of a mom or dad. Show them how proud and excited you are by smiling big. Throw in a couple hugs too.