by Madi Swenson
Back to school is an exciting time of year. National Council For Adoption has a few tips to help make this season more positive and less stressful for kids and parents!
Help your child embrace their creative side by using a rainy day to decorate a pencil box or notebook with pictures, paint, stickers or glitter pens. If you’re feeling really ambitious you can apply Mod Podge or other finisher on top to ensure their artwork lasts through the whole school year. Personalized projects can help your child express their personality around their classmates and can allow them to have something special that reminds them of home.
A new school can be exciting and a little nerve-wracking for some kids too. Talk about school starting. Arrange time to visit the school in advance, meet the new teacher with your child, and talk about what they should do if they are feeling uncomfortable in their new environment. If your child deals with anxiety, you might consider a small anxiety kit that will help them manage their concerns. Our March Anti-Anxiety Kit blog has some great ideas on how to create one!
The school year is a busy time, and it can be easy for schedules to get overwhelming or confused. To make it all a little more manageable, consider investing in a large family calendar or calendar app to be sure your whole family can coordinate together! Not only will a calendar help keep you organized as a parent, but it will also help your child know what to expect in the upcoming month.
Open the Adoption Dialogue!
Broaching the subject of adoption with peers can sometimes be tricky, but if it’s something you and your child want to do, consider age appropriate ways that your child is comfortable with.
- Bring a book to share about adoption with the class. A Mother for Choco is one of many great options!
- Talk to your child about questions they might be asked and how they can answer them. Some great examples are available at Adoptive Families Magazine’s Back-to-School Kit for Adoptive Families
- Educate teachers using any of these great resources as is appropriate for your child and their situation and needs: