By: Abigail Ancherico, Guest Contributor
As the lazy days of summer start winding down, it will soon be time to put away the beach towels and grab the book bags for school. This can be a challenging transition for the family but with these helpful tips you will feel organized and stress-free during the busy months ahead.
1. Have a positive attitude:
Talk about the fun and excitement of seeing old friends and making new ones. Transitioning from a carefree summer into a routine can be challenging but helping your kids get excited for a new year will make the process much easier.
2. Schedule a physical:
Visit the pediatrician to ensure vaccinations and physicals are completed and updated for the new school year. Not having medical requirements up-to-date may prevent your child from enrolling in school or participating in sports.
3. Establish a “get ready the night before” policy:
Getting everyone ready before school in the morning is a rushed process. It is important to establish a routine the night before for a smooth morning ahead. Pick out clothes, establish a bedtime, and determine a deadline when homework must be completed. This will prevent any last minute surprises when it’s time to head out the door.
4. Adjust sleep schedules:
Your kids will already be restless the night before school starts so making sure they are back to a normal bedtime routine a few days before is key for a well-rested start. If the summer has been filled with late nights and lazy mornings, make sure your kids are ready for an early to bed and early to rise routine.
5. Establish rules & schedules:
Determine wake up times, who will make lunches, when to shower and when to leave and pick up from school. If your child is riding the bus or in a carpool, make sure to establish schedules and safety rules beforehand for a smooth transition.
6. Organize school information:
From the start of the first day of school, you will be bombarded with papers your kids bring home. Go ahead and make a folder for school newsletters and other papers from teachers so they all stay in one place for quick reference.
7. Update the fall calendar:
With sports and school activities, your calendar will fill up fast. It’s important to put important dates on the calendar to prevent scheduling conflicts. School holidays, parent-teacher conferences, and sporting events are all dates sent out early so that your family can plan ahead.