As the summer comes to a close and school is getting back into session, here are a couple quick reminders to help make the transition from the beach to the classroom easier for you and your child.
Validation: Let your child know that his nervous or apprehensive feelings about the start of school are normal. All kids (and adults!) have a hard time getting back into the routine of the school year. The knowledge that he is not alone in this experience will help your child feel he’s being heard and understood.
Morning Routines: A common change that occurs as we begin the school year is a new morning routine. To help your child be successful, discuss what her morning routine will look like during the school year. This way, your child knows what will be happening and has clear expectations that are valuable to her under the time pressure of getting ready for school. Provide your child with simple, well-defined, and easy steps for her routine so that she has a clear idea of what you expect and so that it’s easy to follow along with you! Having an easy-to-reference schedule, maybe with pictures, can engage your child and provide a wonderful visual guide for what she needs to do next. Giving specific praise when she completes each lets her know that you love what you’re seeing. This will increase your child’s chances of success in the future, and helps build her self-esteem.
Bedtime: Bedtime is one of the hardest transitions. Children may be accustomed to going to sleep later and/or waking up later during the summer, so the new school schedule can be difficult to get acclimated to. As with the morning routine, having a nighttime schedule can assist in creating a structure for your child. Set your child up for success with clear expectations, simple step-by-step instructions, and praise at the completion of each step. Additionally, visual reminders can help your child have something to refer to as she goes about her routine. Most kids want more time watching their favorite TV show or finishing that last level of a videogame, and setting time limits can be a great way to put a boundary around the winding down time that they need each evening. -Lianna Wilson, MA, and Sarah Straus, MS ... See MoreSee Less
These are the fabulous displays created by three teams of employees at Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway Bangor for the “We’ve Got You’re Back” program. The Executive Management is washing the cars of the winning team! Congratulations Team 2 which is Food and Beverage, Hotel Front Desk, Room Attendants, Property Service Attendants, and Player Services. All teams did amazing and were generous! Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less
We need your help meeting this specific need. Out of the all the children registered for backpacks, we have 300, 9th-12th graders in need of a backpacks this year! The popular color requests for this age group is Pink or Purple, Blue or Green, and Black or Gray. If you’d like to help get a backpack to one of these students, you can give at www. penquis.org or drop one off at a near by Penquis office, or at the Fill the Bus event at the Bangor Walmart today, August, 11 between 9am - 4pm. ... See MoreSee Less