The lazy days of summer are finally coming to an end. Are you prepared? Did you get lost in the fun of summer? Or did you run around all summer struggling to keep them entertained? Either way, the end of August means it’s time to get serious, even for moms.
Heading back to the books doesn’t have to be stressful. These ideas are sure to help make the back-to-school transition easier for the entire family.
- Get ready for take-off! Organize a launching station where the kids can keep backpacks, sports equipment, dance gear and everything they need to take out the door in the morning. Keep it in easy reach and have them put everything in place the night before.
- Set up a homework station. Again, let them help. My favorite ideas for DIY workstations can be found at 24/7 Moms.
- Merge calendars. Take the time to sit down and put all important school dates, days off, half day and special events in your calendar now. If you need help organizing this, check out some of the specialty calendars like Mom Agenda or Amy Knapp’s Family Organizers.
- Make lunch a treat. Pack a fun sandwich or unique lunch. Check out these fun lunch ideas that will make your child smile.
- Stock up on supplies. Take inventory of what you already have and compare it to your school’s suggested supply list which can be found on the district website.
- Shop smart for school clothes. Waiting for the best sales? Start by getting organized with this terrific free school clothes shopping list. It will help you take inventory and have a clear list of exactly what your child needs.
- Ease anxiety. It’s normal for kids to feel a little nervous on the first day of school. To ease their mind, focus on the positive. Talk about all the activities, favorite subject and friends that make school fun.
- Seek out friendly faces. Bring the kids to the CES/HHES Back-to-School Meet and Greet at the Bandstand at the Brookfield Municipal Center at 5:30 Friday evening. Kids can meet their classmates and principals.
- Celebrate the first day with a party! Plan a little party, bake a cake or take the family out to dinner. Find time to talk together and focus on any concerns.
- Stay on track. Establish and maintain a reasonable schedule for the family. Keep afterschool activities manageable, set a time for homework and stick to it daily.
Your kids will notice if you are calm, patient and organized. Your reward comes when they learn to follow your lead. Wave goodbye to summer with a smile and enjoy the new school year!
As parents, we never stand so tall as when we stoop to help our children. — Anthony P. Whitman