Back to School: Are you Ready?

Jeff Peterson
Jeff Peterson
Published on August 13, 2018

Back to pencils, back to books . . . we are getting closer to the day our students head back to school.

This means it’s time to start gearing up for the fall routine ― the back to school shopping for clothes and school supplies, getting used to a new sleeping schedule, STOP SPENDING HOURS PLAYING FORTNITE, and trying to get a handle on those transportation issues.

Thankfully, I have some tips for you to help make the transition back to school, a bit easier.

Ease Everyone Into the Fall Routine

Think back to those first days of summer vacation. If you have teenagers, especially, you know that they went from waking to an alarm at the crack of dawn (at least to them) to snoozing half the day away without missing a beat.

Yanking them into the reality of going back to school isn’t easy. Ease them into it instead, by starting the new schedule, a week or two before heading back to school.

Set the alarm clock for the time they’ll need to rise to get to school on time and put them through the paces of a normal school morning with breakfast, making lunches, and whatever else your family does in the morning, to get ready for school.

Be Extra Attentive to the Kindergartener

I vividly recall my first day of Kindergarten. I remember feeling apprehensive, yet a little excited.

For some kids (and most moms), the very first day of school can be traumatic.

Easing them into what will become years of routine is important. A lot of their anxiety centers on the teacher and fellow students. So, meet this angst head-on by attending your school’s back to school night.

This way, your child can meet the teacher before classes start. And, there’s a good chance he or she will meet fellow students as well. When they meet next during school hours, they’ll have a bit of recognition of one another, making it easier to break the ice.

Shopping Tips

Some shopping experts claim that parents should buy only enough clothes to last the first few weeks of the new school year. Why?

First, in around the middle of September, retailers hold sales. It’s the very best time to buy the bulk of your child’s wardrobe for when they head back to school.

Next, it will take your student a couple of weeks to determine the latest fashion and which items he or she wants to add to their wardrobe.

School supply shopping, on the other hand, has to be done prior to going back to school. Many of our local schools post a supplies list on their websites, which you can print off and take with you when you shop.

Take your child with you on the shopping trip. Not only will the trip result in buying what the child needs and wants, but it helps your students build excitement when you point out how each item will be used at school.

If you can’t afford the required supplies, contact the Kids in Need Foundation, which is a nationwide program, that helps parents get what their kids need when going back to school. Check the list of resources to find one near you.

If there isn’t a resource center in your area, contact the school’s or district’s social worker.

Going back to school is a tough transition for both kids and parents but getting off to a strong start, is critical to your child’s success. With your planning and support, your children will thrive during the school year.

And if you need to move once everyone has already headed back to school, give me a call. I can help you find the perfect home in an amazing school district!

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