Make Life Easier!

  • Pack lunches the night before and refrigerate!
  • Make sure backpacks are packed and ready to go the night before.
  • Create a homework center. Stock with extra crayons and supplies needed to complete homework. Make sure it’s not near a TV.
  • Lay out clothes the night before.
  • Remember kids need to make as many decisions as possible. Avoid power struggles by letting them make small decisions.
  • Create a special hamper in the laundry room for uniforms and other rush items.
  • Fold T-shirts so that the design is recognizable without unfolding.
  • Each evening have a 30-minute family clean up time to get everything back in place.

Back To School Shopping!

  • Buy smaller glue and crayons. Space is limited and teachers stress children sometimes lose these items easily.
  • Remember school dress rules when buying clothing. Some schools have rules about the verbiage appearing on t-shirts.
  • Don’t buy plastic scissors for your school aged children as they just don’t perform up to standards.
  • Consider the Velcro straps for books as some schools require backpacks be stored upon arrival at school.
  • Buy socks that are all the same for easy matching at laundry time.
  • Again when possible let kids choose their own items or at least the color or design.
  • Buy a good backpack and lunch box as these are probably the most abused. Save on the trendy stuff.
  • Make sure you buy a lunch box or backpack that your small child can open easily.
  • When buying shoes buy extra shoe-strings and polish if necessary.
  • If you have trouble telling your kid’s socks and underwear apart; Buy different brands as they usually have a different colored stripe, or band on them.

Getting Psyched For Back To School!

  • Before school starts, begin going to bed and getting up on a school schedule.
  • The weekend before school starts: Don’t make any stressful plans for big events or trips.
  • Don’t forget to check out that bus schedule!
  • Call your school or organization and get the facts about fall sports teams and social clubs. Don’t be late or miss something!
  • Make sure to get all immunizations and physicals completed.
  • Make a master list of Mom and Dads phone numbers along with doctors and emergency numbers. You are sure to need these several times.
  • If you have medical concerns make sure to meet with the school nurse prior to the first day, especially if medicine must be given at school.
  • Get a couple of rolls of quarters and dimes. Put them in the cabinet so you don’t have to hunt for change at the last minute.
  • Make a check list of items easily forgotten at the last minute and hang it in an obvious place.
  • Put up several hooks for backpacks, jackets, and lunch boxes. Don’t hang them too high!
  • Make up some freezable lunch and breakfast items for those crazy days. Thaw and nuke!
  • Label, Label, Label; All items that will be taken to school or worn and taken off at school!
  • Make a list of rules and adjustments for school days: Homework schedule, TV schedule, bath time, bed time etc…
  • Make sure to arrange after school daycare!
  • Try to set up a time to meet the teacher; some schools provide this occasion.
  • Go over school rules with your child.
  • Make a calendar to place in a visible spot; fill in events and school vacation days.
  • Make a special box for your children to place forms from school that need special attention.