Organize the house
There are a few areas of your home that can be organized to better serve you during the school year. Trust us, these little changes can be huge! Things like a designated homework space are great to start creating in the days before school begins. Pick a corner of your home and make sure it has supplies, chairs and a clock. Get the kids to help decorate it so when the homework starts rolling in, they’ll know where they’re going to handle it.
Get the anxiety out of the way
New school years mean heading into a new class or starting at a new school and the latter can be quite scary for kids no matter how old they are. You can help quell some of their nerves by speaking positively about the experience and visiting the school ahead of time, if possible, so they can get familiar with the new space. Chances are there won’t be as many tears on the first day if you do!
Remember the first day
Prep for the first day. This means showing kids what they’ll be wearing, how to pack their bags, and handling any extra reading their teacher’s may have given them. Come the first day, the only thing you’ll have to worry about it taking a great “back to school” photo!
Plan for extra curricular activities
If you’re planning for the kids to start a sport or take on extra lessons, then plan ahead and give them a good pep talk about time management. Make sure they have all the equipment, uniforms or extra supplies they’ll need and create a separate bag so things don’t get mixed up with their every day school supplies.
Bed time and waking up
Vacation time means staying up late and waking up late but when it’s coming down to back to school, this unfortunately has to change. You’ll have to start slowly putting everyone to bed earlier and waking up earlier so on the first day, no one flies out of bed groggy and disoriented!
Roll with it
The best advice we have after all of this? Roll with it. No morning will be the same and no first day can truly be planned so go with the flow, stay positive, have fun and parents, welcome back to the routine!