It’s that time of year again. Although most of us are enjoying a relaxing summer break, the back to school is just around the corner.
Back to school is a hectic time of the year for parents and students: there is quit a bit of clothes shopping to be done, as well as all the necessary school supplies too.
There are some ways to lower the stress level and get through this time smoothly and efficiently. The following are a few tips.
School Supplies – Many schools publish lists of needed supplies early. Save time by shopping now, while stores are less crowded and prices are low. Buy in bulk – you will likely need paper, pencils, and pens, so go ahead and stock up now.
Labels – Whether your child goes to daycare, pre-kindergarten or school, you will need Name Labels for your kid. I ordered on NameLabels.com 2 sets of Stick-On Name Labels for clothes and equipment, 2 sets of Mini labels for the small stuff and 2 sets of Large labels for my girls. One thing I loved about NameLabels.com is that they do worldwide delivery, in fact labels arrived in the mail very quickly via free shipping and all that was left for me to do was apply them 😉
Clothing – Plan to take each child shopping well in advance of the first week of school. Prior to shopping trip, assess your child’s current clothing and determine what fits properly, is still in style and will last through the season. Then, make a list of your needs and shop only for items on your list. Also, be sure to check with your school with regards to dress code regulations and do not purchase items which do not meet the school’s dress code.
Hair and grooming – Most children, especially boys, will need haircuts after the lazy days of summer. Do yourself a favor and take them now rather than waiting until the last minute and facing long wait times.
Meet your teachers – If possible, drop by your children’s school in the weeks prior to the first day to meet your child’s teacher. Most of these dedicated professionals will can be found organizing and decorating classrooms in anticipation of the start of the new year. If you are fortunate enough to arrange such a meeting, introduce yourself and your child and offer your help. Most teachers will welcome this type of volunteer work and your child will be the beneficiary.
Sleep schedule transition – Most families allow a later bed time routine during the less busy summer months. Children’s sleep schedules become shifted, staying up later and sleeping in later in the morning. A few weeks prior to the start of school, begin to have children go to bed earlier and begin waking them up earlier this morning. If children fight this earlier bed time, allow them to read in bed to ease the transition. You may also be interested in the blog post How to create Bedtime Routine for your child.
Many additional details will remain to be taken care of prior to the first day of school, but time spent in the weeks prior will help to ease the transition for your entire family. Speak with your child now about his or her goals for the coming school year. Obtain the school calendar and work to arrange vacations, doctor’s appointments and other meetings during off school time. Do your best to face the school year in an organized fashion and before you know it, you’ll be counting the days until summer!
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