This is a sponsored post with Kindercare and their back to school program adventureahead.kindercare.com All opinions are my own.
I’m pretty sure everyone is back in school now and might be in need of some back to school transition tips. I remember when my kids first started going to preschool and then the transition to Kindergarten. They would come home really tired and cranky and in need of a snack. So I have some of my own tips in addition to the tips that Kindercare is sharing with us today. A lot of them are actually the same ideas.
Managing Back-to-School Transitions We know that many parents and many children feel nervous excitement (or even anxiousness) during those first few days or weeks when starting a new school. It’s a big transition for the whole family. One of the great things about KinderCare Learning Centers is the breadth and depth of our knowledge and experience around these transitions: We’ve helped thousands of families get in the groove of the whole school routine. Still, we know a few areas require extra support: Sleeping and drop-offs are two of them.
Kindercare provided these great naps supporting resources
From the KINDERCARE BLOG: New School, New Nap Routine
I had one kid that had to take naps when she got home from preschool and then another kid that was just fine but had to be in bed by seven or he would fall into complete grumpy mode. All kids are different and by watching their clues and talking to their teachers you’ll be able to help them get the rest they need. The Kindercare article also includes tips like sending them to school with their blanky for school nap time and to give it time. The Back to school transition can take a few weeks and doesn’t happen over night.
Also from the KINDERCARE BLOG: Sleep Well! The Art of Napping at Childcare
Reading all their tips actually reminds me of when I first started dropping my son off at school. He would latch onto me and start crying or whining don’t leave me mom. It’s hard to leave your kid for the first time. For me the best thing to do was to get him into an activity with friends or coloring on a worksheet so I could sneak off. Sometimes the teacher would tell me that he did start crying when he realized I was gone but he would soon stop and enjoy activities with the other kids. Kindercare has offered this really great video for you to watch that might help your morning drop-off be quite successful.
KINDERCARE VIDEO: 2-minute video: Parenting with Purpose: Help your child have happier good-byes. There are some really great quotes by Linda Hassan Anderson, VP of Education for Knowledge Universe.
In addition to the napping advice that Kindercare provides it’s important to make sure your kid gets a good night sleep every night. Make sure they have an appropriate bed time and get up in enough time to have a healthy breakfast. Unless of course they eat at school. Starting off the day well rested and fed will help your child concentrate and have a fantastic day ahead. Another thing to think of is they might come home hungry. My kids were always hungry and making them something quick and easy like popcorn was always a hit. You’ll find many more great tips at Kindercare’s Adventure Ahead.