I hate school, do I have to go?
If your kid’s like most, you’ve heard this phrase before. School drop off can feel like a guilt trip in itself. I get it. Mornings suck, teachers and students can, too. Tests are stressful and things are just awkward. But you’ve got to think positive and get through it. After many miserable mornings, I decided to try out new things to help send off my daughter with a not so gloomy cloud over her head. Here’s how I set the right mood for school drop off.
School Drop Off: How to Set the Right Mood
The car ride to school is just as important as a good breakfast. If you’re rushing to school or yelling at your kids for being late or misbehaving, even if you’re personally stressed out, your kid will feel your energy. And dropping a child off to school this way will surely affect their entire morning, mood, even their day.
Music is Key
Back when my daughter was in preschool, I’d play her favorite tunes in the morning. She’d sing “Baby” by Justin Beiber all the way to school, give me a squishy hug and kiss and take charge of the classroom. As she got older, the songs changed but it always helped. Enter middle school- the emotional rollercoaster began. How could I forget? Music! Naturally, apps like Apple Music and Spotify became my BFFs. I created a Disney playlist, a Pentatonix playlist, the Beatles, even a classical music playlist. Something for every possible mood she could be in. If she was just tired or giving dramatic sighs, Disney. If she had a test, classical. And guess what? She’d always end up singing or humming along.
Set the Right Mood
I like to look for any playlists that include a favorite artist or song of my daughters. If you don’t have music apps, make your own playlists on your phone.
Create a Comfortable Space
A bottle of water for the backseat cupholder, a neck pillow, and a blanket for the ride and on harder days, the dog will ride along. School is only a 5-minute ride for us but the line can be a whole lot longer so these things come in handy.
Have a Pep Talk
I have a middle schooler but I can tell you pep talks have helped through every age so far. Not a lecture, a pep talk. Hormones get crazy after 5th grade and kids need to stay positive. If your child shows concern or anxiety over exams, study on the way or quiz them. If they don’t feel confident about something, reassure them that they are doing amazing and will be ok. Give them words of encouragement. This will help boost their mood.
Keep Mints and Cough Drops in the Car
Before my daughter leaves the car, she loves to grab a mint. During allergy season, she takes cough drops. Mom concierge is the best, right? 😉
Always Say ‘I Love You’
Even if they forget to say it back, remind your kids that they are loved. It’s so hard to be a kid these days with all of the pressures of social media. They can feel as if they are not good enough or special. Reminding them that they are is the best thing you can do.