Summer has absolutely flown by and the new school year is fast approaching! While you may be looking forward to getting the kids out of the house again, it comes as no surprise that there’s a great deal of preparation that goes into getting them ready for the upcoming year. With everything from buying school supplies and meeting new teachers to figuring out a new bus or class schedule, helping your kids get prepped for the new school year can feel a bit overwhelming. Have no fear! I’ve got a few tips to help you get organized!
1. Start early.
There’s nothing more stressful than waiting until the absolute last second to get prepared for the new school year. So, start now! Begin talking with your kids about the school year ahead, collecting paperwork, making shopping lists, and doing any other necessary preparation tasks. Not only will this save you some headaches, but it also means you can enjoy the last few weeks of summer with your kids — free of stress and scrambling!
2. Involve your kids.
The new school year is a big step for your kids as well, so make sure you involve them in the process. Talk to them about their new classes or teachers. Ask them about any preferences for school supplies — and take them shopping with you! Making sure they’re included in the preparation process will help get them excited for the upcoming year!
3. Make lists.
You absolutely don’t want to be wandering around an office supplies store with no idea about what you should be purchasing. So, before heading out to do your school supplies shopping, make a comprehensive list!
Most schools have pre-made lists available detailing what each student should need. Make sure you print this off and talk through it with your child to see if there’s anything else you should pick up while you’re out. Aiming for one trip to the store will save you time and money!
4. Adjust to a new schedule ahead of time.
When your child is used to lazing around and sleeping in all summer, the rigidness of the school year schedule can be a bit of a shock to the system. To make it easier, start getting your kids adjusted to the schedule change early on.
My mom would always make us do this when we were kids. We hated it, but it definitely made the schedule transition easier. A few weeks before the start of the school year, start waking your children up earlier and earlier. About a week before school’s start date, they should be awake, fed, dressed, and ready to go at the time they’ll need to be ready for school. Your children will probably complain, but this will help make the first few weeks of school painless!
Getting prepped and ready for a new school year is exciting, but it can also be a little stressful. Employ these tips so that both you and your children are organized for the new year ahead!
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