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Counselor Corner 9/22/2020

Hello Parents!

The first few days of school are usually an exciting time.  Students can’t wait to meet their new teacher, see their old friends and use their new backpack.  After a few days or weeks however, it doesn’t seem quite as exciting to get up early in the morning and out the door.  We can all agree this year has been more difficult than normal.  Using the following ideas can help your mornings run more smoothly and help everyone get on their way with smiles (behind those masks).

  • Have a bedtime routine that allows your child to get enough sleep.  Kids who are tired will not want to get up in the morning.
  • Be consistent with your expectations.  Make sure your child knows what you expect.  If the morning routine means waking up, getting dressed, making the bed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth, packing lunch & backpack, then make sure your child completes all those duties before leaving the house.  Make a visual checklist to help him/her remember the things they need to do. 
  • Make breakfast easy.  It’s the most important meal of the day.  Have healthy options in a place where your child can get to them.  If your child eats breakfast at school, make sure to leave enough time so he/she doesn’t feel rushed.
  • Prepare the night before.  Have clothing picked out, take baths or showers, make sure all items needed are in the backpack ready to go.  Have your child put his/her backpack near the door.
  • Let your child learn the consequences of dilly-dallying in the morning.  If it is time to leave in the morning and she still hasn’t brushed her hair, send her to school with messy hair.  Ignore your feelings and let her learn.  The next morning she’ll probably get ready a little quicker.
  • Be a good role model. Make sure your child sees you following a positive, healthy routine each morning. 
  • If your child starts saying that he/she doesn’t want to come to school, sit down and have a talk about reasons someone should stay home from school (or work if they’re an adult).  Everyone has days they would rather stay home, but it’s important to talk with your child about doing what’s right, even if you don’t feel like it.

 

Sincerely,

Nicola Repetosky

School Counselor