LANSING (WILX)-- Summer break is almost over, so why delay the inevitable?
While most schools don't start the new year until after labor day, parents should be getting their kids in the back-to-school routine now. It's a new year, a new teacher, a new classroom, and it can be overwhelming for kids.
"The unknown makes anyone a little anxious," said Jenny Vandlen, mother of two.
Having fears about going back to school is common for kids of all ages.
Vandlen says she knows getting into a routine a couple weeks before the first day can help her kids anxiety immensely.
"We just do lots of the same things we do during the school year. We do lots of reading," said Vandlen.
The signs of anxiety aren't always easy to see.
"We see stomach aches, headaches. I don't feel good. A child doesn't understand that's their anxiety," said Dr. Bellow, Pediatric Specialist at Sparrow Hospital.
If a child's showing signs of back to school fears, the best thing for parents to do is to talk to them about it.
Kids aren't the only ones that can get back-to-school anxiety, parents can get it as well.
"Allowing yourself to get back into a routine with your kids will make a huge difference," said Dr. Bellow.
But most importantly, Dr. Bellow says getting kids back to a sleep schedule should be the biggest goal for parents before school starts.
"If they are going to be using an alarm clock, then it's good to use the alarm clock in advance. I'd suggest moving up their bedtime by 15-20 minutes each night."
Going over homework samples can also be a great way to get ready for school.
"Academically we're able to tell who's worked over the summer and who's gone to the library," said Yvonne Thomas, Windemere Park Charter School Principal.
Thomas says each year teachers tend to spend at least three weeks going back over what students learned the year before. She suggests parents go over previous homework with their kids before school starts to help speed along the catch-up process. Windemere Park is already into their 2nd week of school.