ABC….123…Back to School Is Here!

August is here.  Are you ready?  School is back.  This time of year can be a hard adjustment for kids and adults.  We are in the process at our house of preparing for practices, homework, moving back to campus, and busy schedules.

I have even researched ways to make this transition smoother.  According to Care.com these are a few tips to help you out.

“-Set your kids’ sleep schedules back to “school time”

-Reacquaint your kids with the calendar schedule they’ll use to manage their activities.

-Try apps like iHomework or myHomework to help your kids organize assignments.

-Let kids choose a planner or scheduling tool they’re excited to use and then set up weekly meetings to review your kids’ schedules for the week(s) ahead.

-Create a family calendar that tracks everyone’s activities and commitments.

-Refresh your rules about screen time for the school year. What’s allowed and when?

-Establish a set “family time,” whether it’s during dinner or before bed.

-Teach your kids to prioritize their assignments by making to-do lists with deadlines.

-Give your kids a short break after each assignment they finish, such as a short walk.

-Set a regular alarm each day that signals the start of homework time.

-Visit the school with your kids so they can get familiar with their new environments.

-Arrange playdates with two or three of your kids’ friends to rebuild existing social ties.

-Get the lists of school supplies, books and technology your kids will need.

– Inventory last year’s school supplies before going out to buy more.

-Include your kids in back-to-school shopping by letting them pick out their items.

-Create a dedicated space for your kids to store their school supplies and technology.

-Establish a specific space like the family office as an official “homework station.”

-Help your kids develop a filing system for organizing their documents for each class.

-Set — and enforce — regular weekday and weekend bedtimes and wakeup calls.

-Create an after-school schedule that allows time for snack, relaxation, play and study.

-Model good behavior by doing your own work/projects while your kids do homework.

-Encourage your kids to lay out their school clothes and pack their school bags the night before.

-Revamp your home organization setup to be more kid-friendly. For example, low hooks make it easy for younger children to hang up coats!

-Create an inbox for kids to leave things that need your attention, like permission slips.

-Set a time each week to sync up individual calendars with the family calendar.

-Inventory your kids’ wardrobes and toss/donate things they’ve outgrown.

-Let your child choose their clothes, shoes and other items they’ll need.

-Organize lunch ingredients in one part of the fridge so you can make fast lunches.

-Purchase lunch boxes or reusable bags to help save the environment.

-Use positive phrasing, such as, “You can go outside after your homework is done,” rather than, “You’re not going outside until this is finished.”-Make sure your kids (and you!) have an effective wakeup alarm that works for them.

-Set an alarm or notification 30 minutes before bedtime.

-Remove things like mobile devices from kids’ bedrooms to focus them on sleeping.

-Keep a single, easy-access file for vaccination records and other important papers.

-Figure out different ways you can be involved in the classroom this school year.

-Do something fun to diffuse this stressful time of year for all of you.

-Take a breath!”

Have a great school year!

 

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