Summer and your children’s summer vacations are winding down, and hopefully the last few months were filled with great family memories. If you’re like most parents, you’ve turned your attention to getting the kids ready for the beginning of the school year. Here are some things to consider before sending them off for the first day of class.
Physicals and Eye Exams – Most schools require all students to have their immunizations up-to-date. And, if they play a sport, chances are your doctor will need to sign a statement saying they’re clear to participate. It’s also a good time to have their eyes checked. Get these done as early as possible.
School Supplies – Many schools provide parents with a list of what will be needed for the coming year depending on the student’s grade level. Shop early. The longer you wait, the fewer items will still be on the shelves. Check the sales flyers and the discount outlets, and don’t forget deals are available at office supply stores and even at your local grocery store.
School Clothes – No need to go overboard on this one and spend bundles on the latest fashion trends, but keep in mind that some schools have a dress code and others have a “uniform” of some kind. But remember, arriving on that momentous first day with a fresh look only makes a kid feel better. Shop now before supplies run out.
Lunches – If you pack you’re kid’s lunches, fill the bag with healthy stuff they’ll actually eat. Include them in the shopping trip. Eating healthy is important. Offering a variety, i.e. fruits and veggies, also helps. Try to avoid super sweet prepared foods that will put them in a sugar funk during afternoon classes.
Establish a Routine – This one’s really important. Kids need a schedule that will allow time for homework, daily chores, a good, healthy dinner, some down time and ample sleep. Get them into a routine starting two weeks before the first class and stick to it. And remember – parents need to buy into the routine as well. Allocate time with your kids to help with schoolwork. Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom; your input in your child’s education needs to be a first priority.
Blow Off Steam – Just like you at the end of the workday, your kids need time to blow off a little steam. Students are under a lot of pressure to excel and that causes a great deal of stress. Be sure to set aside some time for them everyday to let loose and just be kids. This stage in their lives goes by quickly. Make sure they enjoy it.