Oh, my it’s back to school season! Are you mommies ready for post-vacation now that the jet lag has subsided? Going back to school is not always a blast for all mommies and kids. It’s another full-time job waking up early to get the kids up and prepare them breakfast and school lunch. But we can certainly overcome this back to school jitters. Here are 10 Tips to help prepare your child for the first day of school.
1. Fix your sleep routine.
To help avoid those stressful early mornings, establish a regular bedtime and morning time routine to help prepare your child for school. Begin your usual school sleep routine about a week or so before school starts. You may have a sequence similar to this: Dinner — bath/ready for bed– good nights/bedtime stories. Count backward from wake up time to make sure your child gets an ample amount of sleep.
You can make this a fun activity for you and your child. Most schools have a list of recommended supplies. Provide your child with choices or options regarding the certain types of supplies. You can make them feel excited for starting school, as well as help, train them in taking responsibilities. One tip: School supplies often go on sale closer to the beginning of school, grab a few notebooks, pencils or other constant supplies you are sure they might need the following school year. This is particularly helpful if you are shopping for more than one child.
3. Prepare the wardrobe.
You don’t need to always buy new clothes for your kids, check their wardrobes first. Check which clothes still fit them and can still be worn for the new season. You might also want to plan their clothes for the first week, especially the first day. One trick that works well is setting clothes out the night before. This eliminates early morning tantrums. It’s one less thing to worry about in the morning as everyone rushes while the kids head off to school.
4. Turn off the TV and video games
For a lot of kids, summertime is filled with endless video games and TV. They are usually in shock when they begin school and realize that six hours of their day is going to be spent learning and not playing games and staring at the TV. Ease your child into the learning process by turning off the electrics and encouraging them to read or play quietly.
5. Get ready for homework.
Set an area where your child can work on homework upon returning home. It will also help if you will review or read some books with them related to what they’ll be learning in school. It will help them feel more confident and prepared when classes start. If you don’t have an area, or if the area is negotiable between you and your child, this storage folding lap desk may be a good compromise.
6. Plan the meals.
It’s important that a student has a healthy and tasty lunch packed when they go to school. So it will be a good help if you plan your kids’ school lunch a week before. Get your mom skills in meal prepping in gear and ready. If you need inspiration or simply have too many things in your mind, try using 5 dollar meals to help you plan. Then lay out the lunch bags the night before and fill them with non-refrigerated snacks. Even get the water bottle ready.
7. Prepare for the unexpected.
We working parents know how difficult it can be to find a sitter when our child is sick. So before school even begins, have a sitter already lined up in case you get that phone call from the school nurse saying your child is sick.
8. Turn off the TV and video games
For a lot of kids, summertime is filled with endless video games and TV. Kids are usually in shock when they start school. They will realize that six hours of their day is going to be spent learning and not playing games or staring at the TV. Ease your child into the learning process by turning off the electrics and encouraging them to read or play quietly.
9. Review the school material and information.
Most schools give information regarding your child’s new teacher, important dates to remember, emergency forms, and transportation routines. Therefore, make sure that you read through this information carefully, and mark down all important dates on your calendar (if possible for the whole year). Have the main calendar or planner containing the whole family’s schedule. This avoids missed appointments and scheduling conflicts.
10. Get your child’s yearly check-up.
School and germs go hand in hand. Children are often compared and called “little petri-dishes”. Before school even starts, it is best to get your child’s yearly check-up. Get any required immunizations and obtain medical advice regarding the best ways your child can stay healthy throughout the school year.
11. Night time preparation
The night before the first day of class, you might want to prepare your kids clothes and bag and put them in a spot that they can easily notice. It will also help if you make a list for you and your child to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Therefore, it is a proven time saver to get things ready the night before. Clothes, lunches, bags, shoes. This is true as well for adults who are returning to work after dropping the children off to school.
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