Can you believe it?! It’s already August! That means summer is ending and your children will be heading back to school soon. Are you and your family ready? If summer snuck up on you and dreading the back-to-school madness, we’re here to help! We’ve pulled together some tips and tricks that will help everyone in your household ease back into the school year.
Establish a school sleep routine a couple of weeks before. Long gone are those summer days when bedtime was anytime, and they could sleep in until noon. Making sure your children are rested and ready for the day is a big part of having a successful day and school year.
Ease into the routine. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.
Eat breakfast. They may have been rolling out of bed just in time for lunch, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day! If mornings are too hectic and breakfast is often forgotten, set their alarms a little earlier to ensure they have time to eat. Rather let them sleep? Prepare easy on-the-go breakfasts the night before so they can eat it on the way to school.
Pack a light backpack. This is a little-known tip that most parents don’t think about before sending their little ones off to school. Not only is the first day filled with jitters, they’ll also be getting lots of books, papers ect. Sending them to school with only the essentials is ideal for the first day of school.
Change your filters. Keeping your children healthy and happy during the school year starts at home. Make sure that you’re changing your home’s air filters and water filters to ensure that they are allergy triggers are at bay and they’re drinking crisp, filtered water. Need to stock up? Grab what you need at FiltersFast.com.
Reusable water bottles to school. It’s time to say goodbye to those plastic water bottles and hello to reusable water bottles. Not only will it encourage them to drink more throughout the day, it’ll also save you tons of time and money.
Start a supply stash. Nothing gets the new school year started out on the wrong foot then waiting too late to buy school supplies. Starting a supply stash throughout the summer, especially when you see things on sale will help create less stress for your child and you won’t have to fight the crowds closer to the start of school.
Play keep vs. toss. A new school year is a great time to start fresh. Take some time before school starts to go through your child’s closet and bedroom with them. Tell them to pick and choose which items they would keep and which items they would like to toss or donate. This will not only help them keep their room clean and organize, it will also help keep the height of the laundry load down.
Post the daily routine. Like we said earlier, establishing a routine/ritual is extremely important for children. Posting your weekly routine where the whole family can see it is key to making sure everyone knows what to expect that week. It also will help cut down on miscommunication too!
Create a lunchbox cupboard. If packing their lunch is more of a chore than anything else, create a lunchbox cupboard! That way you have all their snacks and lunch ingredients ready and accessible. Having a basket for lunch stuff in the fridge isn’t a bad idea either!
Designate a homework area. If study time at the kitchen table just isn’t cutting it anymore, designate a homework area! Having an area in the playroom, their room or right off the kitchen will help them stay focused until all of their work is done.
Lay out clothes for the week. No stranger to the I have nothing to wear meltdowns? No worries! Having them lay out their clothes for the week the Sunday before or just having them lay it out the night before will keep the tears at bay and the embarrassing “they dressed themselves this morning” comments to the teachers and other parents to a minimum.
Get a checkup. Making sure they’re healthy and ready to take on a new school year is one of the best things you can do going into a new school year. Scheduling their yearly physical, shots, ect. before the start of the school year will not only help them feel better prepared for the school year, you’ll also find peace of mind when your child already has it out of the way.
Plan to read with your child every day. Reading to your child or having them read to you is extremely important in helping their minds stay sharp. Whether it’s before bed or right after dinner, creating a love for reading and room for an exciting and vivid imagination will do them good in the long run.
Set academic goals. Setting expectations at the beginning of the school year, will not only give them the confidence they need to go into a new year, they’ll also have the motivation they need to achieve their academic goals. Whether it’s to get straight A’s on their report card or get 100 on test in the subject they don’t care for. Setting little goals is a better idea than you think!
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