{Guest blog} Get ready for back to school

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to make sure our members and employees have access to the behavioral health resources they need.

Getting a new school year off to a good start can influence your child’s attitude, confidence and performance both socially and academically. After the ups and downs of remote learning over the past school year, it might take some extra adjusting this time around. Even children who are eager to return must adapt to the greater levels of activity, structure and for some, pressures associated with school life.

As a parent, you can help your child manage the increased pace by planning ahead, being realistic and maintaining a positive attitude. Here are a few tips to help ease the transition and promote a successful school experience:

  • Clear your own schedule. If possible, postpone business trips, volunteer meetings and extra projects so you can be free to help your child acclimate to the school routine.
  • Set alarm clocks early. Praise your child for prompt response to morning schedules and bus pickups. Make sure your child has plenty of time to get up, eat breakfast and get to school.
  • Review your child’s school books. Talk about what your child will be learning during the year. Share your enthusiasm for the subjects and your confidence in your child’s ability to master the content.
  • Meet your child’s teacher(s). Be sure to attend back-to-school night and introduce yourself to their teachers. Find out how they like to communicate with parents (e.g., through notes, e-mail or phone calls) and show that you want to partner with them to enhance your child’s learning experience.
  • Reach out for emotional support to make things easier. Call the behavioral health number on the back of your health insurance card to get connected with a caring professional who can help you and your family adjust to new routines, solve conflicts and feel like your best selves.

A new school year can be scary – for children and parents alike – but it doesn’t have to be. Lean on New Directions to help you and your family make the most of this year.

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