(BPT) - The first day of school is coming fast. For many families, that means saying goodbye to lazy mornings, impromptu afternoon adventures and late night movies. Soon, you and your kids will be waking up to alarm clocks, school buses and maybe a few butterflies in the tummy — for both of you.
Your child may be worried about new teachers, new classmates and maybe even a new building. And you may be worried about how well your child will do with all these new experiences when you cannot be there to offer support of comfort. Sending your child back to school is always bittersweet, more than 9 out 10 parents get emotional when sending their child back to school and nearly 7 out of 10 admit they do every year!*
To help you both make the most of this new school year, here are five tips to make the back-to-school transition go as smoothly as possible.
1. Make talking a habit.
If your child is nervous about the new school year, one of the best ways to set his mind at ease and help him feel better is to talk about it. Ask him what makes him nervous and what he’s excited about — then listen. If your child has a chance to explain how he’s feeling and he sees you’re listening, he’ll feel better about everything. And to keep those good vibes going, don’t doubt the power of a simple compliment. Research shows that children who are confident are less likely to be bullied at school or to struggle academically. Get in the habit of talking to your child about his concerns and offering him a compliment when he deserves it, you’ll see the benefits throughout the entire year.
2. Take the chore out of back to school shopping.
Back to school shopping shouldn’t be a boring chore; it should be a fun challenge! Make it exciting by visiting stores in new towns and taking your kids to lunch in between stops. Start the process well before the first day of school and you won’t feel the desperation of an all-day marathon. Finally, let them pick some of their own supplies that showcase their personality. Puffs Basic and Puffs SoftPack tissues for example are packaged with several creative designs, or grab a box with the new Minions packaging which are available for a limited time at Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart.
3. Set yourselves up for success.
Your kids aren’t the same when they’re tired or stressed — they’re apt to be more emotional and less able to handle new people and ideas. Help them put their best face forward each school day by getting them on a solid sleep schedule before school begins and enforcing it throughout the year. Then, to take the extra stress out of those mornings, plan in some extra time. Pack lunches the night before, make sure homework is in the book bags and clothes are laid out ahead of time. All of this means you will have less to worry about in the morning, and you'll have time for your morning coffee.
4. Make those first weeks special.
The first weeks of a new school year will be the most stressful for your child. She’ll be trying to make new friends, find new classrooms, understand new teachers and adjust to her new schedule. You can make her feel better about all of this by incorporating some little pick-me-ups along the way. A special lunch, unique note or trip for ice cream after school — any of it can help your child feel better and get excited for the upcoming school day.
5. Pack them with the comfort of home.
You won’t be able to be there with them when they go to school, so pack them with some of the creature comforts of home. Puffs tissues are dermatologist tested to be gentle on skin, and while a quality tissue may seem like a small thing, you’ll be comforted in knowing that they’ll be heading into the classroom with a touch of softness from home. With 20 more tissues**, Puffs Basic will last throughout all the sniffles and messes that come with the back-to-school season.
*The Puffs survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 500 parents of kids in grades K-8, between August 6th and August 11th, 2015, using an email invitation and an online survey. The margin of error for the study is /- 4.4%.
**180 CT. Basic vs. 160 CT. Kleenex Everyday