It’s That Time Again: Back to School Necessities

August 7, 2012

Remember how fast summer seemed to FLY by when you were a child? Before you knew it the carefree days of swimming in the pool, going to movies with friends, and attending summer camp were replaced with shopping for school supplies, setting your alarm clocks and rushing to catch the school bus!
The transition from summer fun to back to school was not always a fun one.

If you have children, then you are aware (and maybe even secretly looking forward to the fact!) that school will be starting up again in just a couple of weeks.

Here are a few simple suggestions to help your child (and YOURSELF) make the transition smooth and stress-free.

1. Get your child involved in the process to make it more fun! Have them come up with their own ‘to do’ list of what needs to occur between now and the start of school.
2. Look for ‘back to school’ discounts and sales. For example, during the month of August J C Penney is offering a free haircut for school children. Other stores like Staples, Target and Walmart are also providing deep discounts on back to school items. Don’t forget to take advantage of tax-free weekend in Florida. It’s August 3 – 5, and you are guaranteed to save an additional 6 – 7 percent on your purchases (depending on what county you live in).
3. If your child typically takes a bag lunch to school, get them involved by creating a weekly ‘menu’ of items they would like to eat. This will save you time at the grocery store and your child will LOVE eating their personalized lunch.
4. During the week prior to the start of school, start having your child get up a little earlier each day to get him/her used to the early morning school schedule.
5. Have a ‘back to school’ chat with your children. If attending a new school, they are probably feeling a little anxious about it. Let them know that these feelings are perfectly natural and that you too experienced ‘school blues’ when you were a child.
6. Plan a fun family outing or event before school starts. Go on a picnic, spend the day at the beach, or take in a movie….celebrate the end of summer!

On the night before school starts, have your children lay out their outfits for the next day. For teenage girls, deciding what to wear on the first day of school can take a LONG time. Also, have your kids shower the night before to save precious time in the morning.

Finally, write a simple note and hide it in your child’s lunch box or notebook. Tell them how much you love them and how proud you are of your scholarly student!

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