Updated: Jul 30
After a long summer of relaxing, no routines and having fun, it can be challenging moving back into school mode for both parents and kids. There are several ways to prepare moms and kids for the upcoming school year so that the transition will go smooth. There is no such thing as preparing too early. Below are some tips to help get both kids and parents prepared for a great school year.
Tip #1: Build a bedtime schedule at least two weeks before school starts to ease children back into the swing of things.
Start kids on a new bedtime schedule well before school starts.
Many kids are allowed to stay up late during the summer months, so it can be challenging getting them back on a bedtime routine once school starts.
Starting a new bedtime schedule at least two weeks before school starts is a great way to ease children back into the swing of things. Imposing a new bedtime routine the night before school starts can cause children to become overwhelmed and stressed because it is not giving them time to become acclimated to a new change in their normal routine. Kids are no different from adults when it comes to getting familiar with a new routine.
Tip #2: Communicating with your children weeks before school to get them excited.
Start communicating with children weeks before school starts to get them excited about going back to school.
Kids are always excited about summertime because they don’t have to deal with the demands that being in school brings, such as doing homework, routines and the stress of school in general. It is a good idea to start talking with your child about school weeks before school starts to get them excited about going back to school. Make sure that they know what is required of them when school is back in session. Remind them of how fun school can be. Getting kids excited about going back to school will allow their little minds to get focused on school. Remind them of the importance of being focused on their schoolwork.
Tip 3: Save money by finding the sales.
Start looking through sale papers to see what school supplies and clothes will be on sale within the upcoming weeks.
Remember, there are many people looking for school supplies and clothing around this time of year. It will be a good idea to get a head start on purchasing items needed for school. Looking for sales and purchasing items ahead of time will not only save money but time as well. School lists are posted online as well as in some stores weeks before school starts, so this will give parents time to get a head start on purchasing much needed items. Also, check out local radio stations and newspapers because different organizations hold back to school drives, where they are giving away school supplies. Getting help with purchasing school supplies can be a help with the budget because school supplies can get costly.
Tip 4: Make arrangements for before and after school care.
Start making arrangements for getting children to and from school ahead of time.
Things change from year to year, so don’t assume that after school care cost or school beginning and end times are the same as they were the prior year. If this is the child’s first year, it will be a good idea to make sure that the school offers after school care ahead of time. Always check on the school county website weeks before school start, to look up bus pick-up times as well as school start and end times. Doing the research to find out all the logistics ahead of time will eliminate any surprises when school begins as well as any unpreparedness.