Use Natural Strength Parenting™ to help your family ease back into the school year. Need additional support this year? Connect with a Parent Connext® parenting specialist today.

State an Intention

Start by setting an intention with your child for the new school year. Ask, “what can you do to make this year your best yet?”

Get curious with them and ask “What do you need from me to succeed?” Then make sure to build in accountability. “What steps will you take to succeed?” “How will you know if the intention you set is working? How will your experience at school be better?”

Build on Your Child’s Strengths

Acknowledge your child’s fear and anxiety, and offer the idea that these feelings subside as you become familiar with what was once ‘new’. Every person has 24 character strengths inside them. You can discover your family’s strengths by completing the Spotlight on my Strengths survey.

Take a Mindful Minute

Actively listen to their concerns and let them know you are listening. “I hear that you are worried about your first day of school, but you smiled when you talked about seeing your friends again.” Be present in these moments. Use them to take a few deep breaths or otherwise relax with your child.

Take Time For Yourself

Take a moment for yourself. Sit outside and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of these final summer days.

Stay Healthy

Ensure your child understands the importance of following your school’s safety protocols.

Download our Back to School Quick Tips and Spotlight on my Strengths survey here.