8 Tips to Get Your Family Back-to-School Ready

back to schoolWe are fast approaching what some parents rejoice as the most wonderful time of the year. A new school year is just around the corner, and before we wallow in the joy of occupied children, we still need to get both our kids and our homes ready. Here are eight tips that will help you start the school year off right:

  • Schedule any medical and dental checkups now. By getting these out of the way, you will avoid any missed school time for appointments, or jockeying for those limited after-school slots.
  • Make sure your kids completed any summer reading assignments or projects. The first weeks of school are hectic enough without adding procrastinator’s stress.
  • Spend a week getting kids back on their normal mealtime and bedtime routines. They need more than a day or two to adjust, and you can avoid meltdowns during the first few days of school if they are already back on routine.
  • While you can save money by waiting for all the sales, you should shop for those hard-to-find school supplies as soon as possible. You don’t want to spend the last days of summer driving to multiple stores, searching for a special notebook or calculator.
  • Add room in your budget for unexpected expenses. From first-month fundraisers to random class fees, you can expect plenty of unforeseen expenses during those first few weeks.
  • Plan lunch ideas now and get the kids on board. You will only add to a stressful school morning if your kids waste time going back and forth on what they want for lunch each day.
  • Help your kids deep clean and organize their rooms. They may complain the entire time, but by refreshing their spaces, they will be physically and mentally more prepared for a fresh start. Likewise, now may be a good time for cleaning or organizing some key areas of your home, like the refrigerator and pantry.
  • Remind your kids of what is expected of them in the weeks ahead. Emphasize any rules about their behavior, such as completing homework before screen time. Give them no reason to pull the “I didn’t know” excuses.

While you should enjoy these last weeks of summer, a little preparation now will help both you and your kids transition into a new school year with confidence. Just try not to look too overjoyed when you load them onto the bus.

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