With August winding down, the kids (and parents) are getting ready for those back to school routines! While this time of year can be bittersweet with those long fun-filled summer days coming to an end, the back to school routine can be good for children and parents. However, without your kids under your watchful eye, worrying about their well-being can be a stressor.
The following are some helpful tips to help keep your kids safe and your mind at ease while sending them off into the new school year:
- If you have young children, teach them the importance of looking both ways before crossing the road. This also pertains to getting on a school bus. Unfortunately, not everyone follows the rules of the road and the bus’s stop sign does not ensure 100% safety. Enforce the importance of paying attention to cars when getting on the school bus.
- Regardless of your child’s age, emphasize the importance of walking in numbers. Never have a child walk alone. If they notice someone who seems “off” nearby, have them find an adult or call someone immediately and stick together in the group.
- Bullying is a major issue these days and it doesn’t just end in the school hallways or the playground. With all the technology at their fingertips these days, it follows them wherever they go. Teach them to be a respectful human being and to treat others the way that they want to be treated. Also encourage your child to speak up if he or she is the victim of bullying. If they are too embarrassed to say something to a teacher, make them feel comfortable speaking to you so that you may reach out to the appropriate people.
- If your child has food allergies but is too young to be on the lookout for themselves, be sure that all the teachers in the classroom are aware of the situation. If your child does not have a food allergy, teach them to be mindful and sympathetic to those who do.
- Make sure your child has enough food and/or money to purchase food to get him or her through the day. Food is fuel and school days can be a long day for younger children (as well as rapidly growing teenagers).
- Dress your child appropriately for the weather. Dressing in layers or packing extra clothes is best when the weather can be unpredictable. In September the classrooms can still be very hot, and it is important to bundle up in the colder months, especially if your child has recess outside.
Best of luck to all the students in the 2018 school year!