5 Steps to Help You Get Ready for Back to School
It may seem like Summer only started yesterday, however, before you know it, it will be back-to-school time. There are many things that we all dread about the task of sending the kids back-to-school. Early mornings, shopping for school supplies, and getting the kids excited about heading back to school, are only a few of the daunting tasks parents have to deal with. How do you make it easier? Take steps now to ensure a smoother transition back to school later.
1 - Move bedtimes NOW
While we all think of Summer time as the time to let lose and have fun, we often forget that its not hard to fall into a bad sleep schedule that does not work once the kids head back to the class room. A great way to avoid cranky mornings, where tired children drag their feet and don't want to wake up, is to start proper bedtimes now. Getting your children in the the proper sleeping routine now, rather than waiting, will ensure that there are less cranky, sleepy mornings down the road and more smiling faces when you drop them off at school.
2 - Plan Your Back To School Shopping
August is one of the busiest shopping months of the year. Stores can be jam packed with parents and kids buying school supplies and a new wardrobe for the school year. Keeping this chaos in mind is important if you plan on keeping your sanity. Pick the hours you go shopping carefully, some hours of the day are busier shopping hours than others. Have lists, write down everything you want to buy, from pens and pencils to shoes and the latest trendy tops. Knowing what and how many you need of everything is the key to a more painless shopping experience.
3 - Clean-up and Prepare Study/Homework Areas
Over the Summer its easy for desks and other study and homework areas to become cluttered with non-school items, this is the prefect time to clean them up and reorganize them. Make sure the space is personalized to your child and engaging. Adding little touches like an inspiration board above the desk and help to remind your child that there are goals they want to reach. Make sure there is lots of easy to use storage spaces, filing cabinets and various pencil and paper holders are a must, the easier it is to put things away properly the less likely it is that the desk will end up being an unruly mess.
4 - Plan Out This Year's Weekly Schedule
Take the time to sit down and plan out this year's weekly schedule. Charting out school, pre-school, and after school activities now will help you plan carpools, meals, and other things that need to be scheduled around your child's activities. It also helps to drive the various routes you will be taking, make sure you can get to all the places you need to go now before you find yourself always running behind because it takes 20 minuets to get to soccer practice from school not 10.
In some cases it helps to write two versions of the weekly schedule, one for you and one for your child. On your child's copy, keep things simple and basic, also encourage your child to add to it, get them to write in things like study and homework times, not only does this teach your child how to schedule and budget their time, but it also gives them a feeling of control over their lives. On your copy of the weekly schedule you can add in extra information like, PTA meetings, drive times, and other items like that. Don't forget this is your weekly schedule, make sure to include some items for you, like exercise times. The best way to teach your child how to do something is to do it yourself.
5 - Get The Kids Excited
Help get your children in the mood to get back to school. Talk about all the things that make going back to school exciting, seeing friends, new topics in classes, field trips, in general remind your kids how much fun school can be. Kids often forget that there are parts of going to school that they actually like, for instance, seeing their friends on a daily basis, field trips and school related activities like choir, band, and drama. Remind your child that school isn't all homework and tests and can actually be very fun and exciting place.
Heading back to school after a relaxing Summer can be a daunting task. Start now, take your time and complete these tasks as thoroughly and early as you can. A couple of these steps take time to actually come into full affect, like moving bedtimes. With proper planning and the right tools you can set your child and yourself up for an amazing start to the school year.
About the author: Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or BCarroll@pivot.com.