OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Transitioning from summer to back to school can be a challenge.
KTVU spoke with life coach Breanna Hatcher who says generally a teacher's main complaint is that kids come back to school exhausted. It will be better to ease them into a schedule a week before heading back by going to bed earlier and waking up earlier.
She recommends reading with the kids or buying workbooks at the drugstore.
Hatcher warns that kids pick up on a parent's anxiety - and kids pick up on their parent's positivity or negativity. It's important to remember to show excitement for the transition back to school.
She adds it's very important for parents to do whatever they can to be there for the first day of school. At dinner that night one-on-one conversations are key - asking their kid what the best part was, what the hardest part was.
Some kids can adapt in the first week but it can take a few months for some children as well. If it's taking longer, encouraging after school activities can help.
Also a family meeting is recommended for increased communication.