Parents often breathe a sigh of relief when school is looming in the near future. Older kids seem to like heading back to school. Younger ones are often unaware of what lies ahead. Kids that are heading into middle school or kindergarten may be a little nervous and unsure of themselves. Here are some back to school tips for parents that may make the transition easy.
1. Prepare Ahead of Time– Don’t wait until the last minute to by your school supplies. Make sure that you hit the sales at least one month in advance. This will give you time to grab those last few necessities without being overwhelmed.
2. Early to Bed- Approximately 2 weeks before school starts put the children to bed at least one half hour earlier than they have been going to bed in the summer. Each night reduce it by ten minutes until you have the school bedtime you wish. The following nights make sure that you put them to bed at the set time. Remember that they also need to be woken up early.
3. Tour the School– Take your child for a tour of the school. Do this when school is not open so they can familiarize themselves with the school ground. This way they will be less intimidate when the kids arrive for the first day of school.
4. Prepare Lunch the Night Before– If they are eating lunch at school, prepare their lunch the night before. This way you will not be as rushed in the morning to prepare it. Place their packed insulated lunch bags in the fridge in full view. This way they will be able to grab it quickly as they head out the door.
5. Meet the Teacher– Meet with the teacher and other staff of the school to get an idea of their curriculum and planned events. Find out if there are any after-school activities or clubs in which your child can take part in.
6. Arrange a Meeting Place– Pick a meeting place in which to pick up and drop off. Make sure that it is close to the school doors. Parents of small children can meet them at the classroom doors.
7. Be on Time– Try to do your best to get your child to school on time. Even if it means leaving home a half an hour earlier. Be there when class is dismissed or have an adult pick them up in your place. Children get anxious and frightened when they are looking for Mom or Dad and neither has arrived.
What do you do to keep yourself sane during this fun time of year?