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Get Ready for Back to School

Get Ready for Back to School

by Sarah Lyons

Summer is coming to an end, and it is time to prepare for the kids to go back to school. The start of a new school year is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming for parents. Here are five steps to ensure a smoother transition from summer days to school days.

Take a Look Ahead

Start by taking a look at your upcoming schedule. Make sure you know what time school starts and ends, where to go, and how long it takes to get there. If you have children in more than one school make sure that you address any possible conflicts in your pick up and drop off schedule. Look through the school calendar, and take note of important dates, and mark them on your family calendar. Make sure older kids know what their day will look like. Will the kids take the bus, walk home, or will you pick them up? Do you need to set up after school care? Having a plan makes parents and kids feel much more at ease as the first day of school approaches.

Adjust Bedtime

Many families become more relaxed over the summer. The kids may have adjusted to staying up later and sleeping in during the summer months, and adjusting to a school routine can be difficult. Several weeks before school starts, it is wise to start adjusting bedtime and wake up times so that when school begins, they are rested and ready for their new schedule.  Easing into it by moving bedtime back just 15 minutes a week makes the adjustment easier. 

Get School Supplies 

Acquire a list of school supplies your child will need from your school.  Check the house to see if you have any items on hand, and make a list of what you need. Head to the store early to assure the best selection and that the supplies are not already picked over. Many stores sell school supplies at deep discounts before school starts, and it may be wise to grab a few extra items to save for later.

Try on Clothes and Shoes

When school begins, the weather often feels like summer but temperatures can quickly drop as fall approaches. Have your kids try on their fall and winter clothes to see if new items are needed. Often kids spend most of the summer barefoot or in sandals so don’t forget to make sure their athletic shoes still fit before it’s time for the first P.E. class.

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Many schools require forms to be filled out by the parent or by your doctor. They may also need a sports physical or immunization records. Consult your school district to see what is required in advance so you can have these items handy for when your child starts school. 

With these items taken care of, your child will be all set for a successful start of the school year.

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