It's August - you've had at least one, shall we say, interesting, family vacation (where the highlight was when you had to stop the car, again, to stop the fighting over the phone for Pokémon Go).
You've sent the kids off to a summer camp, and they came back with bug bites, funny stories, and learned how not to fall off ropes courses.
Then you walk into the grocery store, and suddenly, there it is, right in front of you - Back To School Items!
The sudden pressure of Back to School is upon you . . .
You're filled with visions of getting kids out of bed, having the drama of what to wear, making their lunches, making sure they brush their teeth...
“How do you forget to brush your teeth?”
Every day you ask this question.
Every day they seem baffled by it!
Here are 5 Ways for Parents and Educators to Prep for Back to School!
5. Score your school supplies early.
Beat the rush, avoid traveling to more than one store, and relax. Many grocery stores and stores like Target and Walmart have school lists ready for you! Also, consider letting someone else do the shopping. Use a service where you pay a flat fee to have all your child's supplies delivered to his/her classroom on the first day of class.
4. Plan a wardrobe.
Work with your child the night before so that an outfit is ready for the morning. You'll save time and stress.
3. Make a plan for success.
What worked last year (in terms of tips and tricks for homework and studying) may not be a perfect fit this year. Be open to new ideas and be willing to make adjustments as necessary.
2. Ease into the routine.
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother. Start a bedtime schedule one week in advance of school so that your child gets at least 10 hours of sleep at night. As an adult, we know how cranky we get when we are tired, and so do our children. Remember that they don’t have our coping skills.
1. Read some great books!
Reading about this topic can help initiate conversations with your child. They might be worried about going to school, but it's manifesting in crankiness and sudden attitude to not do anything school-related. Talking with your child about what the characters are going through in the stories creates an open conversation.