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Transitioning Back to School: Helping Your Family Adjust

Going back to school can be an exciting yet stressful time for families. The transition from lazy summer days to structured school schedules can be a challenge for both parents and children. However, with a few helpful tips, you can make the transition smoother and more enjoyable for everyone.

Children outside waiting for school

Firstly, start preparing for the new school year early. Create a checklist of everything your child will need, such as new school supplies, clothes, and backpacks. This will help you avoid the last-minute rush and ensure that your child has everything they need for the first day of school.

Secondly, establish a routine in the weeks leading up to the first day of school. Gradually shift your child's bedtime and wake-up time to match the school schedule. This will help your child adjust to the new routine and avoid the shock of a sudden change in sleep patterns.


Thirdly, involve your child in the back-to-school process. Take them shopping for school supplies and let them choose their own backpack and lunch box. This will help them feel excited about going back to school and give them a sense of ownership over the process.


Family time, spending time together

Finally, be patient and understanding with your child during the transition. Going back to school can be a stressful time for them, and they may need extra support and encouragement. Make time to talk to your child about their worries and concerns, and reassure them that you are there to help them through the transition.


In conclusion, going back to school can be a challenging time for families, but with a little preparation, routine, involvement, and patience, you can make the transition smoother and more enjoyable for everyone. Remember to take it one day at a time and celebrate the small victories along the way.


We’ve included a couple local events that could help relieve some stress and support the community:

  1. The Refinery is thrilled to partner with our GHPRD for their second annual BACK TO SCHOOL BASH on Thursday, August 10th, 6pm to 8pm at Ritter Park, 1340 Eighth Street, Huntington, WV 25701! There will be Free School Supplies/Backpacks, a bounce house/field games, popsicles, etc!

  2. Back to School Bash! Hosted by Affordable Looks at Positive People Association, 1637 8th Avenue, Scott Center, Huntington, WV 25703. Games, school supplies, food, face paintings, arts & crafts and haircuts. Music by Various DJ's "RISE RISE SHINE U R TRULY A STAR" Podcasting. Affordable Looks 304-751-5544 and Affordablelooks23@gmail.com.

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