Back-to-School Tips for Working Parents

As we prepare to shift from holidays and festive seasons to the structured routines of a new term, parents are faced with the challenge of balancing work and ensuring their children thrive academically. Here are 7 tips to guide you through this back-to-school journey.

  1. Establishing a Routine:
    Ease into school routines by gradually adjusting bedtimes and wake-up times few days or weeks before resumption. Also set a specific time for getting homework done each day. Consistency in your child’s schedule helps make mornings less chaotic and ensures a smoother transition from holiday to school mode.
  2. Preparation is Crucial:
    Successful working parents understand the importance of preparation. Organize uniforms, bags and other school supplies in a designated place the night before to ease the morning routine. Use a meal plan to avoid the stress of thinking of what to cook every morning.(I’ll recommend the Simbed Meal Plan)
  3. Open Communication:
    Foster open communication with your children about their feelings and expectations for the new term . Address concerns, highlighting the positive aspects of returning to school. This proactive approach can ease anxieties and foster a positive outlook.
  4. Leverage Technology:
    Use technology to stay organized. Calendar apps are helpful for tracking school events and activities. Set up reminders to ensure you don’t miss crucial dates and deadlines on the school’s calendar.
  5. Collaborate with Others:
    Remember, you’re not alone. Connect with other Simbed parents through social media groups, PTA meetings and public events organised by the school. Sharing experiences, tips, and resources makes the back-to-school process more manageable. If your work schedule makes it difficult or impossible to meet with school closing time, you can discuss with relatives/trusted friends or opt for School Bus or After-School Care services. Simbed provides all of these services at budget-friendly costs to parents.
  6. Build in Time for Play and Relaxation:
    While academic success is essential, allow time for relaxation. Outdoor play, limited screen time, and less-taxing activities can make evenings more enjoyable for both children and parents after a mentally stimulating day.
  7. Monitor Your Child’s Academic Performance:
    Stay attentive to your child’s academic progress. Set aside a few minutes to monitor homework and projects completion on a regular basis. Communicate with their teacher about challenges, exploring opportunities for improvement, such as after-school tutoring or in-school support services. If your child is in need of such support, Simbed AfterSchool Tutoring services is a sure way to go!

As the school year unfolds, remember that adapting to new routines takes time. Be patient with yourself and your child, celebrate small victories, and embrace the learning journey ahead. Wishing you a successful and smooth transition back to school!

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