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Preparing Kids for a Successful Return to School

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

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Return to School

Preparing Kids for a Successful Return to School

The new school year brings with it a mix of excitement and anxiety for both children and parents. As we navigate the post-pandemic world, it is essential to prioritize the mental health of our young ones. The abrupt shift to remote learning and the overall upheaval caused by the pandemic have taken a toll on their well-being. In this blog, we will explore the significance of mental health in children and discuss strategies to support them as they transition back to school.

  1. Recognizing the Impact: The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected children's mental health. Isolation, disrupted routines, and increased screen time have contributed to feelings of anxiety, depression, and social withdrawal. Acknowledging and understanding these impacts is crucial in addressing the emotional well-being of our children as they return to the classroom.

  2. Open Communication: Encouraging open and honest communication with children is paramount. Create a safe space where they can freely express their concerns, fears, and expectations about returning to school. By actively listening and validating their emotions, parents and caregivers can help alleviate anxiety and provide reassurance.

  3. Reestablishing Routines: Establishing consistent routines plays a vital role in promoting mental health. Gradually reintroduce regular bedtimes, meal schedules, and study routines to help children regain a sense of stability. By involving them in the planning process, they will feel a sense of control and be better prepared for the changes ahead.

  4. Practicing Self-Care: Teach children the importance of self-care. Encourage activities that promote relaxation and stress reduction, such as meditation, exercise, and engaging hobbies. Prioritizing self-care helps build resilience and equips children with coping mechanisms to manage stress and anxiety.

  5. Building Social Connections: Social connections are vital for a child's well-being. Encourage social interactions by arranging playdates, joining extracurricular activities, or fostering connections with classmates. This will help children feel supported and less isolated, boosting their self-esteem and overall mental health.

  6. Collaborating with Educators: Maintaining open lines of communication with teachers and school staff is crucial. Inform them about any specific concerns or needs your child may have. Collaborate on strategies to address potential challenges and ensure a smooth transition back to school. This partnership reinforces the support network around the child and promotes their overall mental well-being.

As children prepare to return to school, prioritizing their mental health is essential. By recognizing the pandemic's impact, fostering open communication, reestablishing routines, promoting self-care, building social connections, and collaborating with educators, we can provide the necessary support for our children's successful transition. Together, let's create an environment that nurtures their emotional well-being, enabling them to thrive academically and emotionally as they embark on this new chapter in their lives.

Strategies For Success offers support for kids, parents and families! Visit to book a session today. SFS has offices in Chandler, Casa Grande, Gilbert, Anthem and Goodyear. We offer both in-person and telehealth for most services. Stop by or call us with any questions. 480-252-5152


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