New York, NY-- July 31, 2014—With summer coming to a close and the new school year upon us, many families face the challenge of getting their children back-to-school ready. Parenting and child development expert Denise Daniels offers simple, yet effective advice to ease the anxiety and stress that often surrounds the exciting days ahead. For a selection of ways to ease the transition from vacation mode to the classroom with success, try these tips below.
Have Children Read Ten Minutes Per Day. Some parents don’t realize that many children experience the “summer-slide,” which describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months. To avoid this slide and to get children back in gear for the new school year, Daniels suggests reading for as little ten minutes a day. This will help students get back in the groove of studying and homework.
Early To Bed, Early To Rise. To assist with the morning struggle of waking up groggy kids as the new school year begins, send your children to bed earlier and wake them up a little earlier about two weeks before the first day. This will help children slowly adjust to their new routine.
Back-To-School Shopping. Children love the ritual of back-to-school shopping and parents love to take advantage of the back-to-school sales, but hold back on getting everything at once because kids like to dress like their friends, so they might want to wait until they start school to see what everyone else is wearing.
Review Safety Measures. Parents should make sure to go over important safety measures with their children such as standing away from the curb at the bus stop, always wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle to school and walking on the sidewalk to and from school.
Preparation Is Key. Familiarize younger children or first-time students with the route to school and go over their new daily routine. Give directions on how to get to the lunchroom, bathrooms, lockers, gym, bus stop, etc… This will ease tension and anxiety so that your child can move forward with confidence.
Meet With The New Teachers. Try to schedule a meeting with your child’s new teachers and classmates. Invite them over so your child can get acquainted with his/her classmates.
Reassure Your Child. Let your children know that everyone feels nervous about going back to school, even teachers. Share a personal experience to show that you can identify with how they are feeling. Remind your children about how well they did in school last year and how many friends they made, with more to be made in the coming year.
Make It Fun. Whether it is an ice cream date or game night, make the first week of school fun and celebratory so your children have something to look forward to. Get the entire family involved!
Denise Daniels has a wealth of experience which makes her an expert in many areas of parenting and child development. She holds a master’s degree in Pediatric Nursing and Psychology and is an award-winning broadcast journalist, author and child development authority. Her books have reached more than 15 million parents and children offering practical, simple and essential advice on how to deal with grief, loss and family transitions, as well as the everyday challenges of growing up. She received a Peabody Award for her work on a PBS television special helping American children understand and cope with war, and has traveled the globe to provide emotional support during times of crisis and natural disasters, including the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the hurricanes in the Gulf Coast and the September 11th terrorist attack in New York City. Daniels has testified before Congress, reported to the United Nations on children in underdeveloped countries and has also served as an advisor on children’s grief issues to former First Lady Laura Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She has appeared on numerous morning and primetime TV shows including Oprah, The View and was a regular contributor on TODAY. She also hosted her own daily parenting show, Parents Helper, on NBC’s cable network.
Next up, Denise has developed a first-of-its-kind children’s brand, The Moodsters, designed to help children develop their emotional intelligence. In collaboration with renowned Yale University psychologist, Dr. Marc Brackett and his team, they have developed an evidence-based curriculum that provides the essential building blocks for preschool social and emotional development. The Moodsters emotional intelligence toys, books and apps are slated to launch in August 2015.
Denise Daniels is a Peabody award-winning broadcast journalist, parenting and child development expert and author who specializes in the social and emotional development of children.