Those fresh pencils, erasers and notebooks finally got some use Tuesday at a lot of schools in the Wausau area.
However, the work doesn't end after you pick your kids up from school or if they step off the bus at the stop, it starts for parents to help children lead healthy routines when it comes to the school year.
Building up to the new school year gave first grader Aneesia Cabrera first-day jitters.
"I couldn't even sleep last night," Aneesia said. "I went to bed at like midnight."
Her dad, Abel Cabrera said she told him he was nervous leading up to the first day, and although he has four kids at Mountain Bay Elementary in Weston, Wis., letting go can still be hard.
"It's hard at times," Cabrera said. "But I know it's in their (his kids') best interests. It (the transition) gets better after a week or so."
After picking your kid up after the first day, kids may be done conversing with each other, but Psychologist Shannon Schaefer, of the Behavioral Health Clinic in Wausau, said it's important for parents to continue the conversation at home.
"Doing things like asking them about their day, or their teacher can help," Schaefer said.
For parents the transition means getting back into a routine like following structured sleep routines and meal times.
Having talks with your child in non-stress situations, like dinner time, helps with back-to-school anxiety.
"Other things that can help (with anxiety) are things like thinking of one mantra or saying to give to kids," Schaefer said. "Sayings like, 'at school I can enjoy my friends,' or, 'I feel safe at school.'"
Providing a safe source for your child to talk to is also important, Schaefer said.
Being there for your kid and listening can help with the transition, which is exactly how Cabrera helped Aneesia.
"We pretty much comforted her and told her it's going to be alright," Cabrera said.
By communicating and setting a routine, the transition to the second day can be smooth for your child but also for you.
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