Childhood educator and parenting expert Janet Davis joined us to share some simple tips for making back-to-school a little easier on you and your kids, not matter what age they are:
Preschool or Kindergarten
- Visit your child's classroom a few times before school starts
- Always say a loving good-bye to your child, but once you do, you leave promptly-- Never sneak out.
- Take time for yourself
Middle School Jr High
- Be a good and supportive listener but try not to give advice too quickly.
- Problems young people can solve for themselves help to build confidence
- Remember they are still young children but now have more pressure
- Reassure your teenager that it is normal to feel confused and unsure at first and that most other teens feel the same way.
- Give your teenager as much control as you can (within limits) over the wardrobe so he/she feels that he/she "fits in".
- Stay involved
Off to College
- Encourage your kid to get involved. There are many activities on campus, so go ahead and join. Don't wait, either. Go ahead and get involved your first week of your freshman year
- Adjusting to college life can take a lot out of your kid because of the new class schedules, studying, and having to figure out how to handle it on your own. Because of this encourage them to stick to a schedule for eating and sleeping.
- Seek support from other moms and remember-- Take time for yourself again!
For more great parenting advice, visit Janet's blog.