Go Easy on CommitmentsIt's tempting to want to jump right into a new school year with both feet first, but it might be better to wait a bit before committing your child (or yourself) to a million responsibilities and activities. See how much time your child will have to devote to homework and school projects this year before signing him up for extra-curricular activities or sports teams.
Give your tween time to consider the clubs, sports teams or other organizations offered to him and then examine how these commitments may (or may not) fit into the family schedule. Pick activities your tween is passionate about, and that don't require more time than your child can offer, or that you can give.
Find Time for FunSummer is the season of family vacations, lazy days by the pool, and slumber party after slumber party. But the fun shouldn't end just because the school year has begun. Be sure you make time during the first few weeks and months of a new school year to enjoy time with your tween, and to participate in activities that you enjoyed together over the summer. You might want to take a family picnic on a Sunday afternoon, or visit a museum together on a rainy Saturday morning.
Take advantage of warm September or October days to enjoy a bike ride or another activity outside.
Develop School Year Routines EarlyOne of the best ways to ease your child into a the school year is to transition him into a school schedule as soon as you can. Together, the two of you can create a daily calendar, scheduling time for homework, television, chores, and reading. Be sure you also schedule time for sleep, meals, and hanging out with friends.
If your tween knows what to expect day to day, it helps keep him on top of all of his responsibilities and prevents important events or commitments from falling through the cracks. It also keeps you both informed about school responsibilities, and helps your tween learn about time management and develop time management skills.
Seek Your Tween's InputYour tween may know more about what a new school year will bring than you do. Ask your tween what sort of changes this school year might bring, and how he intends to handle those changes.
Be OptimisticIt's important that your tween face a new school year with enthusiasm, and if you're enthusiastic about the school year, he may catch on. Be sure he knows that the beginning of the school year is a chance to decide how he wants the school year to play out. Help him set goals for the school year, and ask him how he hopes to achieve these goals.
Finally, be sure he knows that your support is there for him throughout the year. Be sure that he knows that you don't expect him to be perfect, just to do his best.