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Top Ten Back to School Tips

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With Back to School officially in swing many of us are struggling to get used to the changes in routine.  I’ve taken a few moments to jot down Top Ten Back to School Tips that would help all of us to ease into the routine without much headache.  As always, I love your feedback and if you have tips to add, please leave a comment letting me know what ways you make back to school an easy transition for all.

Top Ten Back to School Tips

 Make early bedtimes a must

We all fall into the lax during the summer months of letting our kids stay up later than they normally would, even if they do have to go to childcare or babysitters the next day.  With school requiring not only earlier wake ups but also their full concentration each day it is more important than ever for children of all ages to get enough rest.  School aged to teens need at minimum 8 hours but up to 10-12 hours of sleep a night depending on the child and their level of activity.

 Don’t neglect giving your child special attention

With all the hustle and bustle involved in coordinating after school care, extra-curricular activities, homework and daily routines like dinner, baths and chores children can often feel forgotten or even neglected during the first few weeks of school.  All of your attention may be focused on just getting through each day when they need you to take a few minutes to just sit, snuggle, ask questions, listen or even take them for a treat and let them know you love them.

 Prep as much as possible for lunches & dinners on the weekend  

I spend 1-2 hours on Sunday afternoons washing, slicing, dicing and portioning common fruits and veggies we use during the week.  Baby carrots, celery and cucumber for lunch boxes.  Bell Pepper, Onions and mushrooms for dinner.   Some sandwiches and wraps can be made ahead and wrapped so grabbing and going is easy.  I also make ahead quick breakfast burritos, sandwiches and yogurt parfaits to pull from fridge or freezer on the way out the door each day.

Make school wardrobes interchangeable for younger kids

Don’t waste so much time picking out clothes for your younger children each day.  Make sure everything in their wardrobe is in a color pallet that matches easily so you won’t fear what they walk out wearing.  For younger kids solid pants with any tee or sweater is easy.  I find basic denim, khaki, white, navy and a pop or two of color are easy to coordinate with almost any graphic tee, sweatshirt or button down.

Alternately choose 5 to 7 outfits for following week on weekend

  As I do laundry each weekend it’s easy to pre match daily outfits for my kids and have hanging ready for them to grab and go each morning without fuss about what to wear.

 Take showers or baths before bed instead of in morning

Not only are nightly showers and baths soothing and help younger kids relax and go to bed easier, this also saves time in the morning.  Older kids (especially girls with hair care desires) may prefer a morning shower.  Adapt to your family’s individual needs.

 Create a Chore & Responsibility Chart

With homework and extracurricular activities being included in the list, this can be especially important for kids to stay on track.

 

Use a spreadsheet, poster board or simple journal page but make sure to sit down and assign each child their daily chores and responsibilities and have them keep track on their page or chart to make sure things like watering the dog or feeding the fish are taken care of.  This can also be a way to track if homework is done, backpack has been gone through and assignments completed.

 Turn off the TV & Game Systems

Many kids come home and immediately want to relax in front of the TV but time can get away from them easily and suddenly bedtime is here and they have an hour of homework left to complete.  Utilize the DVR/PVR  to record things they might otherwise miss and allow them to watch at a later date when other responsibilities have been taken care of.

  Don’t Forget To Praise

Even if you are tired of seeing color pages brought home by your kindergartener never forget to praise him or her for their hard work and improvements.  If your teen struggles in a subject but manages to bring in a higher or unexpectedly good grade give that high five and make sure they know you are proud of them.  And that leads us to our final tip.

 Reward for Hard Work

At the end of a good week when all chores are taken care of, grades are up and attitudes have been positive make sure to reward your kids for their hard work.  Whether it is an ice cream after dinner or a special movie night in, even the smallest of treats can show them how much you love them and are proud of them.

The first few weeks of the back to school season can be hectic and trying on any family no matter how organized they are.  Adapt as you see fit to suit your individual family dynamic but always remember that this is just a phase that you will adapt back into soon enough.  Give your kids the time and space they need and don’t forget that a little downtime can fix a ton of issues with the hurry and stress involved with the back to school season. 

Well, these are my Top Ten Back to School Tips. If you have your own ideas, please let me know in the comments 🙂

 

 

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    Michelle
    24 August, 2013 at 8:13 am

    These are great tips Vinma! As usual I am behind the eight ball. School starts on Monday and we are not really prepared!! Will be spending tomorrow trying to figure it all out after our visitors leave!
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    Valerie - Motherhood in Progress
    24 August, 2013 at 8:53 am

    As a former teacher, I can tell you many of these will indeed help immensely in the classroom too. A well rested, organized, happy child does better in the classroom as well both academically and emotionally. Great suggestions!
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      Momless Mom
      24 August, 2013 at 8:57 am

      I cannot agree more! Thanks for your input 🙂

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    Kathy Radigan
    24 August, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Thanks for these great tips. Since my kids are going back to school in a week it’s a great reminder to get our act together!
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    Jamie Knupp
    24 August, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Thank you for these great tips! We have a 7 year old about to get back into the schedule of having school again and the thought of it has been stressing me out. I’ll definitely use your tips to make it go a little smoother!
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    Kendra
    24 August, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    great post! We aren’t in school just yet but I will have to remember these for later.
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    Foodie in WV
    25 August, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Great tips! My oldest has been back in school for almost 3 weeks now. We started so early this year 🙂
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    Adrian
    26 August, 2013 at 12:12 am

    It can be challenging to get high schoolers back into a school routine, especially when they start so darn EARLY. My son has to be at the bus stop by 6:40 and it is really starting to tell on him after the first week. I think he has a cold already and it’s probably from not getting enough sleep. Thanks for stopping by and visiting on my SITS day.
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    Philip Griffith
    26 August, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Great list for getting back in the routine of school. I really like including all the sports and other activities on the chores chart. We’re working on the bedtime this last week before school starts.
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