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4 Ways to Help Your Student Adjust to a New School Year

As the new school year is underway, children are developing new routines and starting to settle in to them. After a long day at school, they may be full of big emotions and look to you for reassurance and support. You, as parents, are more important to them than anyone else, especially during those times when it feels so the least. 

  1. Consider the power of your smile and body language. See them and let them know you hear them. Reassure them of your unconditional love and of the joy and happiness they bring just by being who they are. 
  2. Consider the message you send with the first words you say. Ask “What was one thing that made you smile today? One person who was kind to you? One thing you felt proud of during the day?”  It’s important to create and uphold boundaries, but trust that they are being harder on themselves than you will ever be on them when things do not go well.
  3. When they get home from a long day at school, they may be exhausted, hungry, cranky, anxious about new routines and expectations, and so much more. Give them, and yourself, grace. 
  4. Anxiety, excitement, exhaustion, happiness, and especially brain growth look different for each child at different stages. Sometimes being quiet and offering space can be a gift for kids during these times of immense growth and change. Being out in nature can also be a great way to help ground children.

You know your child best. Follow their lead. Whether your child is a preschooler who has just started school for the first time, or a middle schooler in their final year before high school, taking a few moments to observe them could be incredibly beneficial for both of you.

For more helpful tips, check out our post on 5 Ways to Help Children Cope with Stress. For more information about our Preschool programs or our Elementary and Middle School, please contact our Admissions team at 410-312-5233.