Most of the Central Florida school districts will be kicking off the 2017 school year in the next week or two. It’s hard to believe it is that time already! This can be both an exciting and a stressful time for kids and parents. We have a few tips to help ease you into the school year like a pro and make a great start for your kids (and you!)
- Planning ahead is crucial! The more you can try to get prepared for ahead of time the better.
- Start getting your children back to their school sleep routine now. This will help ease them back into it so it is not so difficult for them to fall asleep/wake up when the school year starts.
- Post a family calendar so everyone can keep track of all of the activities the school year brings. Consider posting a second homework calendar to help keep everyone focused on what the kids need to do and when they might need some help from Mom or Dad.
- Consider organizing some playdates with some of your kids’ classmates. Hopefully they are going back into the school year together so this will help reestablish those friendships that may have gotten neglected over the summer.
- Check through last year’s school supplies in case there are things that didn’t get used. This can save you some money when you go shopping!
- Use this time before school officially starts to get your kids accustomed to laying out their clothes for the next day the night before, packing things that will be needed in the morning before bed, etc. This will hopefully make those hectic mornings run more smoothly!
- Make an inbox for school related documents. Teach your child to remember to put things that need a parent’s attention in the inbox and remember to check this inbox every day for things like permission slips or homework that needs review.
- Make an age appropriate rewards program for your children. This will help add motivation for your child to meet important goals.
- Don’t forget to carve out time for fun activities and happy family time. Don’t let yourself or your children get too burned out by working constantly.
Follow these tips along with anything else you can think of that will work with your family routine. Don’t be afraid to give your child age-appropriate tasks to be responsible for during the school year. This will help give your kid a sense of ownership and control over their day. Most importantly, remember to work together as a family unit! This can be a hard time for families, but you are all there to support each other so lean on one another when needed!
We wish you all a happy and successful start to the school year!