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Teri explains, “Creating a ritual like a verbal exchange, such as taking time to tell your child something different you appreciate about them each morning, or leaving them affirming notes in their lunchboxes, can give them a boost of confidence to ward off social anxiety. Being able to receive them with focus and no distractions for around half an hour after they get home, to hear about their day and anything they may have come up for them, also gives them an emotional ‘safety valve’.”
2. Let Them Schedule Things to Look Forward To
“Between assignment deadlines and social pressures, kids can feel boxed-in,” William said. “Holding a family meeting to invite some brainstorming about a few fun things to do together as a family during the school year — something as simple as creating elaborate, themed Halloween costumes together — gives them something to look forward to in the months ahead, separate from the stress of school.”
3. Use Sleep Interventions
The National Sleep Foundation recommends kids age 5-12 get 9-11 hours of sleep, and says teenagers need 8-10 hours per night. As Teri explained, “It’s important to setup kidsfor success, which can include keeping a timer to track how long your kids sleep, cutting off “screen time” 2 hours before bed, and creating fun before-bed activities.”
4. Talk to Older Kids About Your Expectations — And Theirs
Teenagers are used to being reminded of what’s expected of them. But they rarely get the chance to set their own expectations for themselves. Having a meeting at the beginning of the school year to discuss their hopes for themselves, as well as their apprehensions, reminds them that their