Back to School Tips for Parents

With summer heat waves coming to an end, it’s time for parents to start thinking about sending their kids back to school. The transition from summer activities to a school routine can be stressful for a child. But with the right preparation and planning, the changeover can be painless. To help ease the process, here are some useful back to school tips for every parent to consider.

Get Fresh Back to School Gear

One of the best ways to get your kids excited for going back to school is getting them fresh gear! There are tons of fun school supplies to choose from including notebooks, pens, pencils, stationery, backpacks and more.

Choosing school supplies doesn’t have to break the bank either. If you’re tight on cash, find ways to decorate basic notebooks with your kids and turn it into a fun activity!  

Visit the School

Visiting your child’s school may be especially important if this is their first year at a new school. Regardless, it’s a good idea to stop by the school for a visit to help familiarize your child with his or her surroundings. After all, they will be spending the majority of their week there.

Get Children on a School Routine

To help your child transition back to school, it’s important to get them on a routine. During the summer, kids might have stayed up and woke up late. Getting them on a sleep schedule similar to the one they will have when they go back to school will prevent tiredness throughout the day and reduce crankiness.

Also consider getting children on a similar eating schedule. For one week, try to eat main meals and snacks on the same schedule as kids will at school. Doing this helps get their bodies regulated onto a schedule too.

Connect with Local Children

Look around your neighborhood. Are there other children of a similar age as your kids? It’s a good idea to connect with other children in your area, especially if they are in the same grade as your child. Not only does that provide them with a playmate outside of school, it can give them a friendly face at school.

Knowing someone already can be a big help for getting kids back to school, especially if your child is shy. Having the comfort of a friend can make the transition back to school an easier one.

Prepare a Quiet Homework Area

When we think of going back to school, we must think about homework. Prioritize homework by preparing a quiet space in your house designated for doing it. Make sure it’s a spot that limits distractions like the view of the tv, excess noise, nearby toys or pets. Have your kid do some drawing or reading in the area so they are already comfortable with it as a work space.

I hope that following these tips will make the experience of transitioning back to school easier for you and your children.  For more ways to simplify your daily routine, check out what Clean Cans can do for you!