By now, most school districts have started the new school year. Lots of homeschoolers start school in August as well. And the weeks leading up to the start of a new school year can be some of the most exciting weeks of the year for kids (and parents)! There are new school supplies to buy, new school clothes to choose, and maybe even new teachers or new homeschooling curriculum to introduce.
After a couple of weeks, though, the routine of school starts to settle in and, for some families, that can mark the beginning of the back to school “crash” – the sudden adjustment from planning for school to being in school. If your family gets hit by the back to school crash each year, try these tips for surviving it!
Surviving the Back to School Crash
It’s easy to get caught up in the back to school hype. You might find yourself volunteering for a bunch of school functions right off the bat. Or, if you’re a homeschooler, you might sign up for every homeschool group outing you see planned. With all of this excitement, you can end up overcommitting yourself (or your child) and experiencing burnout.
Instead, ease into the new year. Agree to a few events or volunteer functions and then go from there. If you find that your family is having a hard time keeping up with commitments outside of school, cut back.
Prepare your kids.
If your children are excited for the new school year, ask them what they are most excited to learn, do, or see in class. Help them think of ways they can manage their expectations.
For example, what can they do if they don’t like their new teacher? How can they overcome problems they may face making friends with their new classmates? If you’re homeschooling, ask your kids to think of ways they can get excited about their lessons.
Do you or your kids ever experience the back to school “crash”? How do you handle it? Let us know in the comments!