Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What to Do When Big Sibling Goes Back to School

For Sassy September, we’re focusing on the baby and toddler side of “back-to-school”! You may ask, “why think about back to school for babies and toddlers?” Well, we are going to show you in our next 8 posts!

Our first post focuses on an important topic that many parents with older kiddos face: What happens when older siblings go to school and how may this impact baby or toddler?

When a big sibling starts school for the first time, or goes back to school after a long summer, your younger child might struggle with the adjustment. Suddenly, big sis or bro isn’t around during the day. It’s important to help your little one to make this transition as smooth as possible. Here are Dr. Jen’s Sassy tips to help your tots!

Try to help your little one understand what will happen. Talk about how their big sibling will be heading off to school. Explain to them what school is- in simple terms of course. By telling them in advance what will happen, you’ll help them ease into the new routine.

Back-to-School Supplies
Let your little one be a part of the back-to-school process. A great way to do this is to let them choose some of the pens, pencils and folders that older brother or sister will use at school. As a treat, let them get a couple of (safe) school supplies to keep at home! Allow the little one to safely place a sticker on the school folder with big bro!

If there is an opportunity, take your little one to visit their brother or sister’s school. Visiting the classroom can help your little one as they picture where their sibling goes all day! Don’t forget that school bus! Let your little one come to the bus and throw in a little song… the wheels on the bus (you got the picture!)

Stick To Your Routine
There’s no doubt that your toddler’s world will change when their sibling goes away to school. It will be a great comfort to them to have a daily routine. It doesn’t matter if you are a stay at home mom or a working mom- try and establish a constant daytime schedule they can depend on.