Getting ready for Back-to-school

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It’s time for the mad-rush known as going back to school, when parents are scrambling to get everything ready for their children to have a successful school year and they might find themselves feeling exhausted before the new term even starts.
There is no denying the amount of preparation it takes but there are some ways to ensure that the school year goes a little more smoothly for both you and your kids. Here’s a list of helpful tips that might offer some much-needed support to keep you going:
  • Establish Routines and Schedules
With the lovely long sunny days during summer break, your kids might need some time to get back into their regular routines. It’s recommended that kids get back into their regular bedtime routines two weeks before school starts, to help them adjust to waking up early for school. This might only be a challenge for your teenager but it’s also important to get back into a routine of waking up early in the morning.
  • School lunches
Your kids will also need to prepare for eating lunch at a certain time and parents can especially help their younger children or slow eaters get ready for lunchtimes by having an activity planned 20 minutes after they start eating. Younger children might also need some guidance on opening different food packages by themselves.
  • Individual cubbies
Create individual cubbies for your children to store their backpacks, shoes, and coats after they get home from school. This can also help younger children get ready for a classroom environment where they have a specific place designated for their personal belongings. This might also be the perfect opportunity to help teach your younger children to put on and zip up their coats by themselves.
  • Create space for homework
Ensure that your kids have enough space to work on their homework and that it’s in a quiet environment with limited distractions. Also, create a designated time for doing homework every day to help create a more structured routine.
  • Back-to-school shopping
Doing back-to-school shopping is one of the best ways to get your kids feeling ready for a new school year! While choosing their own school supplies, backpacks, lunch boxes, and planners will encourage engagement from your kids and may increase their level of excitement for going back to school.

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