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After a long and (sometimes) hot summer, making the transition back to school can be traumatic, for kids and parents alike. Weeks of chilling out and having nowhere to be suddenly give way to the alarm clock sounding that it’s time to start getting ready for school. And whether you have children starting school or older kids going back to the classroom, the morning routine for school can have you tearing your hair out. So here’s our back to school checklist, to make that sudden change of pace as painless as possible.
Make one trip for supplies
A big part of preparing children for school is getting them uniform and supplies. But the shopping trip can be arduous, filled with tears and tantrums. Order as much as you can online. If you must venture out, plan ahead to take in the minimum shops in the quickest time. So many online retailers offer great prices on school uniform and supplies, with decent returns policies. Much better to order in the back to school essentials and send back what you don’t want, than join the long queues of frazzled families at the checkouts.
Establish a routine
Set out a structured bedtime, to make sure they get their rest. As much as they might resist, preparing children for school is about making sure they are well rested and ready for their day ahead. Establish a morning routine as well, where they have plenty of time to wake up, eat a good breakfast and get ready before the school run. That way you can promote calm, and talk to them about the excitement of the day ahead. The main thing to remember when showing the kids how to get ready for back to school is to stay positive.
Grasp the rules
If you don’t already, make sure you know the school’s policy on lateness, sickness, dress code, and the general culture of the place. Helping them navigate the demands of school involves having a solid grip on what’s expected of them. As back to school hacks go, this one is vital. Are they allowed to take electronic devices into school? If they break the rules, how will they be disciplined? If it’s a new school, arrange to meet with their teacher to discuss these issues and make sure you’re on the same page. There’s nothing more confusing for a child than hearing one thing at school, and another at home.
Unschedule their free time
While they’ll no doubt be thrown into a whirl of homework and extra curricular activities, it’s just as important there’s time to relax and unwind. Make sure they are fancy free on at least one day, after they come home from school. So much is said about frazzled parents needing a bit of ‘me time’. Children are just the same, and need the opportunity to switch off and hang out with friends.
Follow these tips for going back to school, and you will know you’ve done all you can to make life as easy for your family as possible. But remember, school life will always have its ups and downs. Staying calm and supportive with your children through their education is one of the best back to school tips for parents.