The Christmas trees’ decorated, lights and stockings were hung along with beautifully wrapped presents with labels to loved ones. The kitchens’ aromas filled homes with warmth smelling goodness of cinnamon and sugar, nutmeg and vanilla. Generations of recipes being passed down from mother to daughter. Families traveling from near and far to gather together around the tables to enjoy full plates and endless conversations. These are the things that make the holidays so special. But now, the holidays are over and so are the kids two weeks’ vacation. Time to get the kids back into their regular schedule (insert sigh). So, how do you have a stress-free transition after a long break?
When going back to school after an extended break, it’s not unusual for parents and kids to feel stressed, anxious or even excited. Here are a few tips that can help:
- Ease kids back into a routine/schedule. Taper T.V. time, electronics, and into a reasonable bath and bed time.
- Remember eating schedules. While breaks may call for a free fall on snacks and drinks, this will not be the case once school starts. Try to give them a well-balanced breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner.
- Prepare and Organize supplies. Make sure your kids have what they need to go back to school, backpacks, replenished paper, pencils etc. Be sure to sign and return any papers that may have been sent home before the break.
- Check-in. Be sure to keep the lines of communication open with teachers to find out what may be helpful for your child. (Homework schedules, testing etc.)