Getting kids ready to go back to school is always a bit stressful for parents. With the added tension and pressure of COVID-19, this year is bound to be one of the most challenging yet. There are so many decisions to make and so many changes to prepare for, so it’s understandable for parents to feel overwhelmed right now. If you’re a concerned parent, hopefully the back-to-school resources in this guide can relieve some pressure.
Social-Distancing & Shopping for School Supplies
Even before coronavirus, shopping for your kids’s school supplies could feel stressful. Social-distancing has made things more complicated but these tips can help:
● Know that you can pick up everything your kids need online and have it delivered.
● Most major retailers, including Target, are also offering free curbside pickup.
● With an emphasis on handwashing, you can bet that hand soap is on the list.
● But you may also need to pick up some essential supplies for at-home learning.
Keeping Coronavirus & Other Germs Out of Homes
If your kids will be attending school in-person, you may be worried about them tracking harmful germs back into your home. To ease your fears, be sure to take these safety precautions:
● Plan a good deep cleaning so it will be easier to keep your home germ and COVID-free.
● As an added bonus, a clean home can also help lower your stress levels.
● You can pick up cleaners and disinfectants for your home online as well.
● Just be sure to use these COVID cleaning tips to ensure maximum safety.
Preparing Children for a Safe & Productive New Year
Safety is going to be your top concern for this school year but getting your kids back into the groove of learning can also help reduce worries and tension. These tips can help:
● Start early when it comes to adjusting your kids’ routine.
● Plan educational activities to prevent learning loss and set your kids up for success.
● You can also set your kids up for success by ensuring they get enough sleep at night.
● Go over safety guidelines, like social-distancing, before the new year begins.
Deciding Whether Kids Should Continue Learning at Home
There are quite a few ways you can help your kids get ready to get back into the classroom, but you may feel safer keeping them at home for now. If so, use these tips to keep them learning:
● Check with your school district to see whether online classes are an option.
● If online classes are not available, you can always consider homeschooling your kids.
● As you may already know, learning at home can require a very different schedule.
● No matter how your kids learn online, security and safety should be a priority.
Even with the resources above, navigating this back-to-school season can be pretty tough. So have some patience with yourself and your children as you work through all of the changes. With any hope, we will see this pandemic draw to a close as the school year progresses and we will all be able to breathe a sigh of relief.
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