If you are feeling overwhelmed with the thought of your kids going back to school then don't worry, you aren't alone. Parents everywhere experience that over the top mix of excitement for a new school year mixed with worry about getting everything done.
You might also be worried about helping your children work through their emotions about a new school year. They have to get used to a new classroom and a new teacher, just to name a couple things. If you are more prepared and calm you will be able to help them more as well. To help make the transition easier, here are a few tips you could try.
Get Back Into a Routine
One of the hardest things you will find at the beginning of the school year is getting your kids to go to bed early and get up early. It's great if you can start the new sleep pattern a couple weeks before school starts. Then you won't have such a fight on your hands. Your kids will just be used to it and ready to go on the first day of school. You will also notice you have much happier kids when they are getting enough sleep those first few weeks of school. They will already be worn out from the full day of school, so they need all the sleep they can get to stay rested and happy.
Start The Habit of Daily School Work
If you haven't kept up with review work all summer it is a great idea to start as soon as you can. Your kids will be much more prepared for their new school work if they have had a refresher of the things they learned the year before. There are some great workbooks you can find if you don't have worksheets on hand. At the very least you can have them do daily reading to make sure they have that habit ready to go for school. The Oval Study is a great place to focus on reading and school work.
Do Your Shopping Early
It can be a frustrating experience to do all your back to school shopping at the last minute. Going to buy lunch boxes or backpacks along with the rest of the rushed parents makes everyone stressed. Start as early as you can with your shopping. You will have the time to get better deals and you can make sure to get what your child really wants, instead of settling for whatever the stores have left.
Start Looking Into After School Programs
Many of the awesome after school programs fill up really fast. Make sure you start looking into them before school starts. Space is limited and if you want your child signed up for the first semester it may take some early planning. Get onto your child's school website and you should be able to find all the information you will need to get them signed up.
Last Minute Summer Fun
Make sure you take the time to have fun with your kids during their last couple weeks of summer. Try taking them somewhere fun like Coney Island or Rockaway Beach to really take in the sun on these last few summer days.With school starting your schedules are all going to be much busier. It is worth it to make the time to go to their favorite park or pool one last time. Or to make it to that museum that they have been wanting to visit. You will be making great memories and loving every second of it.