It's time for families to start preparing for back-to-school, and it's important to prepare, both mentally and physically, for the first day of school. Sue Devlin is the Mental Health Lead with the Kenora Catholic District School Board.

"A key one is sleep. Making sure you get your child back on the school sleep schedule a couple weeks before school starts. So, that means they go to bed the same time they would on a school night, and wake up the same time they would to go to school," she explained.

The KCDSB held an open house for parents and students to drop in and speak to Devlin before the return to school. She explained why they held the event.

"Back-to-school can be stressful for everyone, including parents. So, it's good to have a plan in place in advance of the first day of school," she said.

School begins on Wednesday September 5.

Some other back-to-school tips include;

A day or two before school begins plan the first day of school outfit. Let your child choose something they love, feel comfortable in, or can feel excited about.

Pack the backpack together the night before. This will build excitment and help them to understand what is in their backpack and why.

Choose a comfort object that they might want to take with them for the first day or put a special note or picture in their lunch.

If you or your child is feeling anxious or stressed it's good to practise deep breathing exercises, positive self-talk, and progressive muscle relaxation activities.

It's also a good idea to ask your child specific questions about their day, such as What is the funniest thing that happened today? or What's something from home you wished your classroom had?

More specific questions should get more than a single syllable response.

For more information:

KCDSB

 

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