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Getting Kids Ready For School

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Now that it’s August, it’s the fun time of the year–getting the kids ready to go back to school. While some parents love back-to-school time, others dread it. Suddenly their relaxing summer shifts gears and it’s school supplies shopping, adjusting routines, daycare, and homework season. That’s why we’ve compiled our best tips to make the transition from summertime to school-time a little bit easier for everyone.

1. Schedule that before-school checkup early. Many schools mandate that your child has a physical exam before the new year to make sure all of their vaccinations are up-to-date. Make sure you schedule your appointments early to ensure you’re not scrambling the week before school starts to try and squeeze in that last minute doctors appointment.

2. Get back in that school routine. Summer means staying up late and sleeping in even longer. This wrecks havoc on your child’s internal clock, especially if they’re now expected to be up and alert during class. Practice having them up and dressed at a certain time every morning. And don’t forget the importance of a routine bedtime.

3. Plan before you do your school shopping. Make sure you know what each child needs before you go shopping. This helps you stay on track. Shop early to find the best deals and contact your child’s school to get a list of school supplies that each child will need.

4. Make a school test-run. Is your child headed to a new school or class? Do a trial run so you and your child know what to expect on the first day of school. Show they where their classroom is and which way they will take to get to school. Arrange and confirm transportation, like finding out where their bus stop is and what bus number they have. Or show them which streets they will walk or bike to school. Practice makes perfect!

5. Prepare for homework time! Set up a quiet, well lit place for the upcoming homework. Talk with your child about when their homework will be done each day. Will they be expected to do their homework immediately after school or after dinner? Having a plan will ensure success.

6. Pray for your kids before and after school. The power of prayer really goes a long way in letting your child know that they are loved and cared about. Pray for their safety to and from school, their success in the classroom, and for their educators. Furthermore, never let your child go to school angry with you. You’ve probably heard the old adage, never go to bed angry. Talk things out with your child if they are feeling upset or angry with you. They’ll have better concentration at school and can focus on their schoolwork.

Hopefully these tips will help you become more prepared for the upcoming school year. Let us know in the comments below which tip or trick you will be using this school year. And let us know any other tips you think are valuable.

Happy parenting!

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    Molly

    I never thought of doing a school test run but what a great idea! It would definitely make your child feel more at ease before the big day.

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    Jerry

    One way to engage children in conversation is to ask them “What was the favorite thing that happened at school today?” rather than ask a yes or no question such as “Did you have a nice day?”.

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    Lorraine

    Be patient with your child as they try to adjust to their new schedule. Try to remember when “you” were there. As adults we tend to impose adult behavior on our children. Relax, it’ll all work out.

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