Back to School: Resources to Help Parents Navigate the School Year

It’s getting dark earlier, the weather is getting cooler and the kids are back at school. It’s hard to believe, but summer is over already and we’re into yet another school year. In order to help you ensure that this school year goes smoothly for both you and your kids, the library has a number of resources that are sure to help you out!

lunch 2Most parents dread having to make lunches again, and with an increase in children’s allergies, we don’t even have our stand-by lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Parents need to be more creative in sending healthy lunches that their children will actually eat! The library has several new books hat will assist you in making delicious yet healthy lunches for your kids. Best Lunch Box Ever: Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love by Katie Sullivan Morford provides many lunch ideas sure to please the fussiest of children. As Morford writes in the introduction, “This book is a toolbox full of fresh ideas to help you break from the lunch-box rut that plagues the best of us.”  If you have a child who needs to eat gluten-free food, then the book for you is Stealth Health Lunches Kids Love : Irresistible and Nutritious Gluten-Free Sandwiches, Wraps and Other Easy Eats by Tracy Griffith. Full of recipes for tacos, rolls, pita sandwiches and wraps, this book provides many ideas for non-gluten child friendly lunch recipes.

If you think that your child needs a bit of assistance in the studying department studythen you might want to check out School Made Easier: A Kid’s Guide to Study Strategies and Anxiety Busting Tools by Wendy Moss.  Aimed at kids between the ages of 8 and 13, this book is for kids who leave work until the last minute, get nervous about homework and tests, and require some strategies to combat these problems.  It was well reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly, so you might want to give this book a try if any of the previous issues apply to your child.

facebookThere are also a few resources which might help you navigate social media and Internet use for your child for another school year. Several online resources discuss safe Internet behavior for children and it’s worth your while to go over these with your children, as it’s been my experience that schools teach Internet safety sporadically, depending on the school division. Internet Safety Resources is an RCMP website on Internet safety that includes resources such as Surfing Safe Means Surfing Smart, providing common-sense tips for children using the Internet and focuses on tips such as not providing personal information, no chatting with strangers, etc. Another interesting read is Talking Back to Facebook: the common sense guide to raising kids in the digital age by James P. Steyer. What effect does excessive use of social media have on our kids? How can we limit use by our kids? Parents need to be aware of the impact of social media and its impact on our children’s lives.  Though my son doesn’t have a social media presence (he’s only 9) I’m shocked at how many kids already had social media accounts — in kindergarten! If we’re more aware of the issues surrounding our children’s use of social media, then we can teach our children about appropriate use.

Another book worth reading is Bullied: what every parent, teacher and kid needs to know about ending the cycle of fearbully by Carrie Goldman. This book will provide you with strategies to use if your child is enduring bullying. Even if your child hasn’t been bullied, this book is still useful as it discusses how children should respond when they witness acts of bullying. Reading this book will definitely provide you with more information as you discuss this topic with your child.

If you need any other resources that might help you and/or your kids survive this school year, don’t hesitate to ask your local library’s staff!

Theresa

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