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My daughter will be heading back to school, in-person, after spending the last year as a remote student. As if the transition back to in-person schooling isn’t scary enough, this year, she’ll be returning as a fifth-grader. She’s excited about it but has also expressed feeling nervous. I understand. I’m quite terrified, too! Heading back to school comes with its own set of anxieties, especially after a year we’ve had. Now, we have to add it being her final year in elementary school and puberty on top of that. It’s a lot for any child her age to handle. This is why parents need to equip their children with the tools to handle the anxiety experienced with returning to school.

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She was so excited to receive this STMT Planner so that she can stay on top of her school work, chores, and personal goals this school year. She said, "Mommy, I'm going to be in fifth grade! I need to be organized." That just made my little Virgo mama heart smile.

Provide Routine and Structure

Being home every single day learning remotely was a challenge, especially in the beginning. Finding our middle ground truly helped. Our days worked best when it was planned out and staying true to her normal school routine. The same will go for returning to school in person for fifth grade. Even though I will be working from home (hopefully indefinitely) our mornings will be reminiscent of prior school years where we both had to be out the door at the same time. This means, getting to bed early, waking up on time, planning lunches, etc.

She was so excited to receive this STMT Planner so that she can stay on top of her school work, chores, and personal goals this school year. She said, “Mommy, I’m going to be in fifth grade! I need to be organized.” That just made my little Virgo mama heart smile.

Prioritize Mental Health

The pandemic has been hard on all of us. Making sure our kids are mentally sound before returning to school is important. It’s also important to periodically check in with them throughout the school year, especially during the first few weeks. Teach them mindfulness techniques like the ones I shared here. Also, helping them learn how to manage stress and anxiety is helpful too.

My daughter’s school starts each morning with mediation. I love that even though she was participating virtually, that she was given the tools needed to calm her mind before a busy day. To keep up the momentum, she uses the Just My Style MoodJoy Young Butterfly Yoga & Meditation Set. It has everything a beginner yogi her age needs – yoga cards, essential oil rollerball, yoga mat spray, and more.

Engage in Fun Hands-on Activities 

The summer slide is real! All a soon-to-be fifth-grade student wants to do is play Roblox, Sims, eat and sleep. I try not to be so hard on her about playing these games because a friend of my husband’s stated that building games like Bloxburg, Sims, and Minecraft are good STEM learning tools. Even though that may be the case, she still needs to read and do things off-screen. Plus, I’d like to get in some bonding time with her before she reaches the age where she doesn’t want any parts of me. Thames & Kosmos has the perfect science activity kits that allow kids her age to have fun and create while engaging in educational activities.

She’s been obsessed with smelling good these days. It must be a pre-teen thing. The Sweet Candy Perfume Lab allows her to create her own fragrance while exploring the science behind perfumes.

Sometimes after a stressful school day, we like to head to the kitchen to bake something sweet. This helps us to bond and is also a way to reinforce the math she learns. The Groovy Glowing Candy Lab Kit is a STEM activity in disguise, allowing her to make gummy and hard candies, which she loves so much. But it also involves a bit of chemistry. She’ll be mixing and measuring solutions and learning about luminescence.

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Kim is a 30-something-year-old wife and do-it-all mom of two beautiful daughters; her rainbow babies. Kim uses Beauty and the Bump NYC, to share her perspective about the things that she loves most and finds beautiful: family, travel, cars, food and more. As a contributor to A Girl’s Guide to Cars, Kim shares her love for cars through providing helpful tips and car reviews from the perspective of a modern working mom.