Tips for Back to School
It’s almost time for the kids to go back to school. Here are some back to school tips for easing your kids into the school year.
School Year Sleep Schedule
A week or two before school starts is the time to start getting back into a sleep schedule. If your kids are used to staying up late and sleeping in then it could be tough getting them out of bed the first day of school. Slowly adjust back to the school sleep schedule so that they will have had a good night’s sleep before their first day of school.
With kids returning to school this means after-school extra curricular activities and/or part-time jobs for older students. Create a family calendar to keep track of everyone’s schedules and to help make sure everyone is able to get where they need to be at the right time.
Go to Orientation
If your child seems uneasy about returning to school because they are in a different school, then make time to attend the school’s orientation day. Get a tour of the school ahead of time so that your child knows where they need to go on their first day.
Sometimes school supplies magically disappear (at least that’s what the kids will say!). So keep a stock of some basic school supplies at home in case of emergency. If you don’t end up needing them for this year then save them for the next school year.
Create a Homework Area
Create a place in your home where the kids can sit and do their homework. This could be a desk, the dining room table that only get used on special occasions or the kitchen table. Have supplies (paper, pencils, erasers) on hand so that kids can do their homework. This space should be free of distractions so they can concentrate on what they are working on.
Have a Weeknight Meal Plan
Before you do your weekly shopping trip, plan out your family’s weeknight meals. Get the kids involved by taking suggestions (you may even get their help when cooking the meal they requested!). Planning meals ahead of time can save money, encourage healthier eating (less convenience food), reduces waste and can actually save time.
Pick Your Outfit
Mornings are busy trying to get kids up, fed breakfast, lunch and backpack packed and out the door on time. To save some time in the morning have your kids pick and lay out their outfit the night before.
Before your kids head off to school go over safety with them. Talk about getting on/off the bus, crossing roads, stranger danger/tricky people, etc. This may also be the time to open up the lines of communication when it comes to the topic of bullying.