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Tips for A Stress-Free Transition to School after Winter Break

By Carli Mosby

Holiday breaks can be a great time for your family to relax and spend time together.  As the holiday season comes to an end, however, it will be time for your kids to go back to school.  With their return from winter break comes the need to return to routine and normalcy. Some kids (and adults!) can struggle with this after an extended break. These tips can help your family be prepared to transition back to school and take on the new year.

Catch Some Zzz’s

Extended breaks often mean extended bed times. It’s easy for us to let our kids stay up a bit longer when we know they can sleep in the next day. However, this can make the transition back to school even tougher.  Before back-to-school time comes, try slowly getting your kids back into their typical bedtime routine.  Easing them into their previous sleeping schedule can make for happier and healthier kids as they return to school.

Check-In

The beginning of a new semester is a great time to check in with your child’s teacher. They can update you on your child’s academic progress and classroom behavior.  At this point in the school year, there is still plenty of time to make changes where needed, and your child’s teacher will have some great insights on this.

Return to a Homework Routine

It can be difficult for kids to go from lots of free time over the holiday break straight into lots of homework following their return to school.  This is a great time to assess the fall semester’s homework routine to see if any changes need to be made.  You can even help them ease into the transition of homework by encouraging them to continue reading throughout their extended breaks.

Be Patient

Transitions are hard on all of us, but especially so for kids.  It may help to plan in some family fun activities during that first week back, such as a movie night with snacks or a trip to the park (weather permitting, of course). Even with all the planning in the world, it may take your kids some time to adjust back into their routine – and that’s okay.  Being patient and supportive during the transition can help them get back to their old selves in no time. And if not, remember that it’s only 5 more months until summer break!