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Guest Post: How to Navigate Family Feelings About Returning to School

 

[Note: This is a sponsored guest post contributed by KinderCare Learning Centers.]

 

Whether it’s your child’s first day of kindergarten or the start of middle school, back-to-school season can bring a range of feelings – from worry to excitement – for the entire family. This year may be more emotional as many families spent the better part of the past two school years at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s important to remember that even in the best of times, it’s normal for children to express feelings of sadness, isolation or stress,” said Tyreca Elliott, from KinderCare Learning Centers’ inclusion services team. “Learning how to address those feelings helps us build self-confidence, resilience, and independence. What’s important is the way adults respond to children’s stress. Offering comfort, reassurance, and assisting with problem solving will help children learn and grow from stress in a positive way.”

As an added bonus, Elliott said many of the most effective ways to help children learn to navigate their feelings work just as well with adults. Consider these three tips to help your children (and yourself) manage emotions during the transition back to school.

Plan Ahead
The fear of the unknown can be stressful. Children who aren’t able to clearly articulate their feelings likely won’t be able to make the connection between new, uncertain situations – like going to school and being around other people – and their feelings. Instead they may become overwhelmed by emotions, which might look like more meltdowns, clinginess or a variety of other behaviors. Talk with your children about how they feel about going back to school ahead of the first day of class. Ask questions to help them determine why they feel particular feelings when they think about school then work together to solve potential issues. That could mean finding a way to meet your children’s teachers ahead of time, whether virtually or in-person, or practicing introducing themselves to classmates.

Build a Consistent Routine
Routines can give children (and adults) a sense of security and structure, which in turn make it easier to cope with big emotions like stress and anxiety. Try to stay consistent, and if you need to make adjustments, talk them through with your children. Be sure to mention key milestones instead of times, particularly if they can’t tell time yet. Make sure your children have opportunities to ask questions about any changes to routines. They may need reassurance before they’re ready to face something new.

Create Special Family Moments
As important as routine is, it’s just as important to prioritize quality time together. That could mean a vacation or something as simple as Saturday bike rides or Sunday morning pancakes. Plan a family outing or special time together to celebrate completing the first week of school. Family rituals and celebrations can give children and adults something to look forward to. Quality time together also helps families build resiliency.

For more tips to navigate back-to-school season, visit Kindercare.com

 

About KinderCare® Learning Centers
KinderCare Learning Centers is America’s largest, most accredited child care provider, serving more than 160,000 children every day at more than 1,500 centers. For more than 50 years, we’ve been creating safe, encouraging environments where kids can learn, grow, and build confidence for life. At KinderCare, hardworking families are family — regardless of needs, backgrounds, and experiences.

To learn more, visit online at KinderCare.com, on Facebook, or on Instagram. For resources, information, and activity ideas for parents and teachers of young children, see the KinderCare Blog.

KinderCare locations now open in D.C.:

Watergate KinderCare
Ann Bride, Acting Center Director
2530 Virginia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037
833-905-3276
Ages Served: 6 weeks to 5 years
7:30am to 6:3pm, Monday-Friday

Glover Park KinderCare
Dionne Muir-Clark, Center Director
2461 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
833-905-3276
Ages Served: 6 weeks to 5 years
6:30am to 6pm, Monday-Friday

Find more area locations here.

 

This post is sponsored by KinderCare® Learning Centers, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.

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Bright Horizons at 2 Bethesda Metro Opening this Fall

 

A new Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool location is coming to the DC area this fall.  Bright Horizons  at 2 Bethesda Metro will offer infant to pre-kindergarten programs. Located near the Bethesda Metro station and right off Wisconsin Avenue, the center is convenient to get to, whether you’re working in the office or at home.

Visit the website to learn more and schedule a virtual or in-person visit to see what sets makes Bright Horizons a trusted partner for families!

 

This post is sponsored by Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool®, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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Winter Theatre Offerings for Ages 6 Months – 1st Grade at Encore Stage & Studio!


Turn your winter into a theatrical winner with Encore Stage & Studio! The theatre company in Arlington offers class opportunities for students ages 6 months and up, emphasizes the excitement of discovering the power of imagination and storytelling for the youngest students.


Parent & Me Classes for Ages 6 months – 2 years

Share, grow and learn with your child during this special time in their life! Through creative play, movement and music, children will sharpen critical social and physical skills in a fun and imaginative environment. Parent & Me classes are held Tuesday mornings, 10:30 am – 11:15 am. Monthly registration preferred: $10 per class; $15 walk-in rate.
Register here!


Classes for Ages 3-5


Students will enjoy a 45-minute class designed to develop their confidence to share a story with a beginning, middle, and end, while working together as a group. Class titles include Adventures of Curious George and Stories & Fairytales. Saturday morning classes are held January 25 – March 7, 9:00 – 9:45 am. Tuesday afternoon classes are held February 4 – March 17, 4:00 – 4:45 pm. Fee: $110.
Register here!


Classes for Grades K-1st Grade
Students will explore the magic of movement for musicals in our Broadway Kids class. In The Tales of Beatrix Potter, students will discover the classic tales of characters such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck as they learn to act out stories, learning about life’s important lessons along the way. Saturday morning classes are held January 25 – March 7. Fee: $110.
Register here!


Classes are held at Encore’s Main Campus in Arlington, VA. Enrollment is available online or by calling (703) 548-1154.

Planning ahead for summer?
Don’t miss Encore’s Summer Camp Open House on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 10am – 12pm! Students ages 3-18 will experience 30-minute sample classes of Encore’s award-winning camps. Open House registration is free.



Learn more about Encore’s offerings for students in elementary through high school by visiting www.encorestage.org.


This post is sponsored by Encore Stage & Studio, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.


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Giveaway: Enter to Win Eight Free Classes with MOCO Movement Center!


With the cold months ahead of us, many parents will be seeking indoor places for their kids to play, and MOCO Movement Center is one to put on your list! Located in Kensington, MD, it’s a pediatric therapy practice as well as an athletic center, offering movement classes for children of all ages and abilities.

Morning classes for children ages 3 months to 5 years are hosted daily Monday through Friday. MOCO Motion helps kids acquire foundational skills such as jumping, skipping, climbing, and running. Move and Groove is designed to encourage a child’s natural musical abilities in a safe, fun, and supportive environment while exercising. Kids in Motion has children and caregivers participate in early learning and preschool activities while having fun in the obstacle course inspired gym. And Sporty Tots focuses on foundational sports skills for toddlers.

MOCO Movement Center also offers individual training for children, developmental screenings, and birthday parties. Visit the website to learn more about all of their services and take a virtual tour, and be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win 8 weeks of classes!

MOCO Movement Center
5268A Nicholson Lane, Kensington MD 20895
301.770.KIDS (5437)

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Giveaway: For a chance to win eight (8) weeks of weekday morning classes for your child age 5 or under at MOCO Movement Center, simply leave a comment below telling me her/his favorite sport or physical activity. The winner will choose the class, and their child will attend once a week for eights weeks (new students only). This giveaway will run through October 16, 2019, then a winner will be picked at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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