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Back to School: 5 Tips for a Smooth Transition

Parents everywhere are scrambling right about now. The countdown to the first day of school is on, and the eleventh hour is quickly approaching.

But with a little preparation and organization, you can avoid the mad dash and send the kiddos off to school on the right foot.

1. Early to bed. Early to rise.

This is always a tough one. My husband and I have been very lax about bedtimes this summer, and we'll be paying for it when it's time to put this tip into action. It's a good idea to get the kids into the habit of waking early about 2 weeks prior to the start of school. Wake your children at the time they would be required to wake for school. Continue on this same schedule for the 2 weeks prior to the first day.

2. Purchase Supplies (more than one day in advance)

Yep. A few years ago, I was that mom, the one who took her child shopping for school supplies on the day before school started. I learned my lesson. Purchase supplies 1-2 weeks prior to the first day. Label supplies with your child's name and place everything in his/her backpack where it will be easy to find for the first day.

3. Prepare Your Child

Review important information with your child. This includes teacher's name, room number, bus/transportation information, and walking or bike route.

4. Stock the Pantry and Refrigerator

Healthy lunches and snacks are optimal for mental and physical endurance. Enlist your child's help in creating a shopping list. Empower your child to make healthy food choices at each meal. Whenever possible, prepare food items for snacks and lunches the night before to save time in the morning.

5. Get a Head Start on the First Day

Wake children at least 30 minutes earlier than usual. Rushing will stress both you and your child. Plus, you'll want to allow enough time to take some first day snapshots, enjoy a healthy breakfast, and accommodate any last minute decisions.

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Comment by Chrissy Fleming on September 3, 2012 at 10:48pm

Great tips Sheila!  I know that I was a little less prepared this year than in years before, and I'll be paying for it tomorrow!  LOL!

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