Back to School: Jr. and Sr. High
Ah, the teen years. Now you've gone from playground skirmishes and juice box blow-ups to blemishes, sprouting facial hair, and - gasp - maybe even dating!
Even if your kids put up a tough front, school can still cause them some anxiety - especially if they are transitioning into middle school or high school. Help your kids establish a schedule that will help them succeed and give them the security they need to go into the school year with confidence.
- Take a Tour. Most schools have open houses a few days ahead of time. Go to school with your child to make sure he/she knows the way around.
- Check out the Lockers. It's about this time that your child will start to have a locker. Help them figure out the lock and memorize their combination. Purchase a few magnets or give your child pictures to post on the inside.
- Get to Bed! Two weeks or so before the start of school, get your kids back to bed at a regular, earlier time. This will be one less thing to adjust to at the start of school.
- Go Shopping. Don't just pick up the requisite school supplies; head to the grocery store with your kids and pick out healthy breakfast (and lunch, if they pack) options. This will set your child up for healthy eating habits and give him choices other than Cheetos.
- Talk About It. Your son or daughter might not be as open as she once was, but make sure you take the time for some ice cream a few days before the first day and provide a listening ear.