Happy August friends! Can you believe it’s already August?! We sure can’t. Which is why we desperately need to start following some serious back to school tips because, as always, it feels like summer break flew by and in less than two weeks a lot of our kids will be going back to school. So crazy! We are still having a hard time wrapping our heads around that! But whether we like it or not, the new school year will be here before we know it. Which means we need to start thinking about all things school related. So today we are going to share 5 amazing back to school tips every parent needs to know before this upcoming school year.
Let’s do this!
The 5 Best Back to School Tips for Parents
All five of these tips will ensure that you have a successful start to your school year. But this first one is the most important one to do!
1) Start planning now
As much as we know all of us parents would like to simply remember everything that needs to be done on a daily basis, that can be a hard feat to accomplish. And since there is always so much that needs to be done and accomplished before the start of a new school year, we highly recommend making your own check-list of everything you and your children need to do before school starts. This way, you will be able to do all that needs to be done well before the day before school and save your self from any stressful last minute trips to the store because you forgot to buy some school supply your child needs.
2) Ease in to your routine
If you have multiple children, this can be a tricky thing to do. But choosing to wait until the day before school starts to try and get your kids on the new sleep schedule and ready for other daily activities/schedules that fall in line with a new school year is a disaster waiting to happen. Ha! So, with this quickly approaching school year, we highly recommend adjusting your summer routine to your school year routine (i.e. new sleep schedule, meal times, etc.) TODAY so that you have a few weeks to work out any kinks and avoid as many melt downs and anxious behaviors as possible.
3) Visit the school
Like tip number two, you should also make sure to visit your child’s school a week before school starts. You can do this individually with each child, or as a group. But taking the time to visit your child’s classroom and locate other important spaces in the school like the cafeteria, main office, and library will help ease a lot of fears and anxiety that can come on the first day of school and give your child the confidence they need to have a successful start to their new school year.
4) Talk about it
Before school starts, talk about what your kids can expect on the first day of school. You’d be amazed at how many doubts and fears can be resolved through just talking things out, going over what to expect, and coming up with a game plan of what to do if things become too hard or scary for your child. So, when you can, find time to sit down with your kids and talk about what they first day, even week of school will be like, and encourage your kids to come up with things each of them can work on, and come up with a game plan on what the two of you will do to help them be the best students they can be this school year.
5) Do an inventory check
Instead of going out to buy all new school supplies. First take an inventory of what you already have; and then go from there. I actually started doing that this week, and am pretty sure I have enough pencils to supply my kids with for the entire school year!
Do you have any back to school tips that you love to follow? If so, we’d love to know what they are! Hope you and your kids have fun getting ready for new school year!