Back to School Ready

We hope the summer has been an enjoyable one for all and everyone is taking in the last stretch of sunshine and warm weather. With back to school season in full swing, it can be an exciting and challenging time for kids and parents. Clinical Psychologist and Parenting expert, Dr. Laura Markham, has outlined some effective and insightful tips to ensure the transition back to class is a smooth one for the whole family.

First and foremost, its recommended that parents set an earlier bedtime for themselves the night before (along with their children). A gradual shift in your child’s bedtime is advisable to start a few weeks before the first day of school, so that any bedtime kinks can be ironed out beforehand – this also allows parents to wake kids up a bit earlier everyday. As much as we want to have the bedtime routine prepared, it is also extremely important to check in with your child on an emotional level, discuss some first day of school plans, and listen openly to them about any anxieties they may have about the big day. For kids heading to school for the first time or to a new school, the environment itself may be a source of anxiety. Most schools do have the option to take a brief tour before September, and some may even offer the opportunity for students to meet with their teachers (please check with your local school board before doing so). Getting kids familiar with their surroundings prior to their first day can be an immensely positive experience. Of course, the choice of first day outfits can be another source of stress for kids and parents. Organizing their outfits and backpacks prior to the first day is an easy fix to avoid last minute chaos.

As one season ends and another begins, take time with your family to celebrate the end of summer and relive those exciting moments and memories with your kids. Its important to remember that some children and teens will have a much harder time than others adjusting to the back to school routine. Social anxiety and worry that surrounds academic performance may require an additional helping-hand. At The Therapy Centre, our team of experienced and dedicated clinicians work with children, adolescents, and families to support individuals struggling with anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, and stress. We have two clinics: Oakville location and Hamilton location, both of which are easily accessible from the QEW and also provide services to clients living in Mississauga, Milton, Halton Hills, Burlington, Guelph and the Niagara Region.