Back-to-school Tips

The back-to-school season is approaching. If a relaxing transition sounds nice here are three things that will help...

1. A gradual introduction of routines

If there are new routines you want to start or re-introduce (e.g. certain bedtimes, certain mealtimes) start by reintroducing them gradually now. 

My teenage son’s bedtime has crept out quite far this holiday!

So to make the transiton smoother we've calculated how many minutes to bring it forward by from now until the end of the holidays so he’ll be back to ‘school’ bedtime as the new term begins.

2. Make time for a check-in 

Take some time to have open conversations about the upcoming school year.

How are they feeling about going back to school?

Talk about the exciting aspects of learning new subjects, seeing old friends, making new friends, and their extracurricular activities.

Encourage your kids to share any concerns or worries they might have about the new school year so you can explore why they are feeling that way and brainstorm some solutions or new perspectives.

Whether they’re feeling anxious or not, regular check-ins keep us connected and remind our kids we are always there. 

3. Cultivate a Positive Mindset

Equipping our kids with a positive mindset is like handing them a shield against the uncertainties of a new school year, and the rest of life.

The great news is, a positive mindset can be learned.

And when we have the resilience that a positive mindset offers, we find it easier to ride the ups and downs and know we can handle whatever comes our way.

How Can We Support Our Kids and Teens in Creating a Positive Mindset?

Gratitude Journaling: A gratitude journal can work wonders in shifting their perspective towards the positive aspects of each day. Encourage them to jot down three things they're grateful for every evening—this simple habit can help cultivate optimism and resilience, nurturing a mindset that is open to new challenges.

Positive Affirmations: Teach them to repeat positive affirmations regularly, such as "I can do it" or "I am capable." This promotes a positive self-image.

Mindfulness and Deep Breathing: Introduce them to simple mindfulness exercises and deep-breathing techniques that will help them stay present and manage stress. 

Acts of Kindness: Engage in acts of kindness, whether big or small. This fosters a sense of connection and happiness.

Expressing Emotions: Normalise expressing their emotions in healthy ways, whether through journaling, art, or talking with someone they trust.

Role Modelling: As we all know, the choices we make and the way we live our lives influences our kids. If we want them to benefit from all the amazing things above, one of the best ways we can support this is by doing it for ourselves! Our Adult Grow Journal is perfect for this.

Grow Journals Can Help

By incorporating the above practices into their daily lives, kids can develop and maintain an optimistic mindset that will serve them well as they start a new school year, and in all aspects of life. 

We know it can seem like a lot to try and incorporate all these things into our already full daily lives.

So we used the positive psychology practices that create a positive mindset and made them the basis of our guided Journals.

We wanted to make it easy for you, your kids and teens (anyone and everyone!!) to create a positive mindset simply by using our fully guided Journal for a few minutes a day.

FREE Downloadables for some Positive Mindset fun

For fun ways to foster a positive mindset this back-to-school here are printable 'Lunchbox Love Notes' and 'Positive Affirmation' printouts.

Click the links below to download now for some back-to-school fun.

We wish everyone a great start to the 2024 school year!

Click here for your FREE printable 'Lunchbox Love Notes'

Click here for your FREE printable positive affirmations colouring sheet.