Scissors. Tape. Lined paper. A child’s back-to-school list is pretty simple. But, for parents, it’s a bit more involved. By putting the following strategies into action now, parents can save a lot of anxiety later as the First Day of School draws near:
Shift your schedules: The lazy days of summer are almost over. Ease your child back into a school schedule by shifting his bedtime back to school-day bedtime and waking him closer to the time he needs to get up for school.
Have a morning run-through: The week before school starts get your child up, dressed and fed at the required time. This will help to point out any problem areas so that they can be addressed before school starts.
Clean house: Go through her clothes and get rid of any that do not fit and replace what is needed. It is easier to pick out clothes in the morning if there is less clutter. Also, prepare a study area for homework.
Stock up on supplies: Get out the teacher’s list and go shopping for all of her school supplies. Buy extras of essentials that will be needed later. The prices are better for school supplies this time of year.
Get all papers in order: Make sure all enrollment papers have been filled out and returned to your child’s school. Make appointments for needed immunizations or physicals.
Create a Calendar: Set up a large calendar with the whole family’s activities for each month. Nearby set up baskets or bins marked “To Be Signed,” “From School” or “To School” so your child can easily deposit papers you need to see and pick up those that need to be returned to school.
Finally, remember to have a great year!
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