A Mom's Guide To Back To School
Today marks one full week that my kids have been back in school. Breyen (4th grade) and Jaylin (kindergarten), are off to an amazing start and I couldn't be prouder of how they've handled the transition. Really, I'm a little surprised at how we've all managed to jump back into the swing of things.
There are so many things to love and loathe about this time of year, like I love shopping for back-to-school supplies, having a little me time, and not having to fix a lunch (for three, Saylor is easier to please) everyday. But I dread the separation anxiety and trying to enforce a strict bedtime. Not to mention all the year-round events, meetings, and extracurriculars that I have to stay on top of. All of this can make life feel like a circus and less than peaceful.
While you're still trying to come to grips with the end of the summer arriving, here are a few tips to help you keep your cool as you start the new school year.
1. Create a nighttime routine that makes your mornings run more smoothly.
2. Take the time to attend open house or visit teachers before school starts to build a rapport.
3. Start your school sleep/wake schedule 2-3 weeks before school starts.
4. Designate a launch pad for school supplies, backpacks, shoes, and jackets.
5. Realize that it is normal for your kids and you to feel nervous.
6. Keep a positive outlook and be encouraging.
7. Store teacher and school contact information on your phone plus keep it visible at work or home.
8. Make getting dressed easy by laying out clothes the night before school.
9. Help your child memorize their bus number because drop off and pickup routines may change yearly.
10. Let your child help develop a homework routine after school.
11. Communicate with teachers regularly. Stay in the know.
12. Create a family calendar to keep up with school and extracurricular activities. Keep it in a place that is visible to everyone and check weekly.
13. Be a part of the school community to foster a relationship between your family and the school.
14. Ask your children about their day everyday and listen intently to all the concerns, successes, failures, and fun stories they are willing to share.
15. Remember that this is a time of growth for you and your child(ren). Everyday will not be perfect. So, always keep calm and carry on!
I hope that you all find these tips helpful! Feel free to share your thoughts on how to set your family up for success this year. Have a great 2016-2017!