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The majority of students dread going back to school because it's hard to switch their minds from 'fun in the sun' to 'back in the classroom.'  Whether your student is starting back at a new school or is just moving into a new classroom, these tips are sure to make their (and your) transition back to school less stressful.

Back To a Routine
Routines are important for every student. It's a way to provide structure through their development. Through a routine, students establish healthy life habits that transfer into adulthood.  Some of the routines most "forgotten" over summer include the following: early wake-up, curfews/bed-time, homework, preparing for the next day, and balancing extra-curricular activities.

Setting and Keeping Goals
Despite goals being a major motivator to youth staying on top of their everyday duties and tasks, it's a crucial component in the professional realm as well. Through repeated practice with goals and goal tracking, you're not only assisting your student in holding them accountable for their work and performance at school, you are preparing them for the real-world.

As your student creates their goals, be sure they are making them SMART.

S- Specific Goals
M- Measurable. Be sure to ask "How are you going to tell if your goal has been reached?"
A- Attainable. Ensure the goals your student is making are possible and realistic.
R- Relevant. If your student is creating goals for their performance at school, ensure they aren't including goals that are outside school such as sports, at home goals, etc.
T- Timely. Be sure your student is including deadlines for their goals.

When it comes down to it, back to school season is just a time to get back to your normalized routine. These tips should be able to help you, and your family, get back to the routine that they know in no time!