As we approach the end of another summer and school is upon us again, we wanted to share some tips to make this the best year ever. Read over these back to school essentials as you and your kids prepare to get back in the school swing.
- Set sleep schedules in advance – It is recommended to get your bedtime and wake-up times going 2 weeks before school begins. This gives the kids time to get into a routine rather than having to adjust the first week of school.
- Meet the Teachers – Attend the open houses, orientations and other meet and greet opportunities that are offered at the beginning of the year. If you just can’t seem to get the time to introduce yourself, send an email and offer to help out when needed during the school year.
- Plan for Lunches and Snacks – Healthy eating takes some preparation. Plan ahead for balanced lunches and snacks that will provide energy and brainpower for your child throughout the day.
- Get Clothes Organized – Go through closets, get rid of clothes your kids have outgrown, and organize what is left. This will give you the chance to also see what items are still needed before the first day of school.
- Use a Staging Area to Eliminate Chaos – A central location for backpacks, jackets, and anything else needed on the way out the door in the morning cuts down on the craziness of the morning. If possible, also include a family calendar in this area so everyone will know what is going on after school.
- Keep Information Current – Be sure your children have accurate information at the school. It’s important to let all teachers and administrators know of any allergies or other medical concerns. Also make sure emergency phone numbers are current.
- Address Bullying and Other Concerns – Your kids will feel many emotions and experience many situations over the next several months…maybe some for the first time. Begin by allowing them to share some of the first day of school anxieties with you. After the year gets going, don’t stop talking with them. Statistics show that 1 out of 3 kids are effected by bullying in some form during the year. Make sure they know to come to you with any concerns either for themselves or one of their peers. Talk to them about the correct way to treat others. The bottom line is to keep the lines of communication open.
We hope these points help you get ready to tackle all the stresses of school! Make this year the best for your kids and yourself!
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