Written by Brooke Strickland for Nannies Plus
Summer fun has come to an end and, ready or not, school is back in session.
Families all over San Francisco, Marin, the East Bay and Sonoma county are transitioning back into the school year routine.
Having a nanny or family assistant can help make the transition smoother!
Here are some ways a nanny can support both parents and school-age kids as they head into the busy autumn months.
Streamline the morning routine.
Kids often get into the habit of sleeping in during the summer, so when school starts, they might really drag their feet to get up and out of the door in time. A nanny or family assistant can help create a routine that supports your goals as a parent and that aligns with your child’s personality and pace. Maybe they can get creative with songs, visual cues, or other helpful prompts that help the kids get moving. Having the support of your whole family team before school can make your mornings less stressful and help your child start the day successfully.
Process social stresses.
Homework and class schedules are one thing – but most of the time, navigating the social demands of a new school year can feel overwhelming. Your nanny or family assistant can help be additional support for your children’s social life. Maybe your nanny has tips on making friends in elementary school, or perhaps your family assistant can help talk through feelings that a pre-teen child experiences when they are unsure about starting middle school. Having another trusted adult that your child can use as a sounding board and depend on for support is incredibly helpful.
Help with studying.
Many students can benefit from an adult helping them with study skills. Some nannies and family assistants are able and willing to help students brush up on their academic skills, while others can simply help instill good study habits. Perhaps that means offering encouragement when it comes time to start homework, or it’s helping them create flashcards to study for a test. Your nanny or family assistant will take the time to get to know your children and they often have creative ways to help inspire kids to do their best in school.
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