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Get Ready For
Going Back to School

School Tips: If summer is almost over, now is a good time to start getting ready to prepare the kids for going back to school.  

And there was much parental rejoicing!

Preparing kids for another school year can be a hectic time. Shopping for school supplies, new clothes, new shoes, backpacks, immunizations, sports physicals, etc.  The list goes on and on!

I always remembered being excited about going back to school. Summer was great but, after a while, it became harder to find creative ways to fill up a day. Plus, you got the added benefit of getting new clothes!! I even liked the smell of those school supplies. I guess I just loved the whole learning experience!

You and your kids may not be as enthusiastic about getting ready to go back to school as I was, but it doesn't have to be a time for getting stressed out.

Back to School Tips
Start Early!

The best overall advice to being prepared is start early!!

Don't wait until the Friday before school starts to get ready. Start now and you and the kiddos will have more peace of mind and less stress.

Here are some things you can do to prepare:

  • Clean Sweep: Go through the house. Get rid of any of last year's paperwork that you don't want to keep. Check the basic principles of organizing under start here if you don't know how to get started. If you do wish to keep some of the items for sentimental reasons, get a 3-ring notebook to store them in. Be sure to label the notebook with the child's name, school and year.
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Back to School Tips
Start Fresh

  • Start Fresh: While going through paperwork, also get rid of any craft supplies that are broken. Trash the broken pencils, cracked crayons, etc. Get rid of paper scraps, broken scissors and rulers.
  • Mending: If you're not able to buy new clothing and book bags, get the old ones mended, cleaned and pressed now. Don't forget to donate useable clothing, shoes and furniture that no longer serves you or your children's needs.
  • Get Listed: Get the school supply list NOW. Don't wait another minute. If your child is playing sports, get lists from the coaches on items to purchase and buy them ahead of time.

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    Stay Healthy

    Stay Healthy -- A must on your back-to-school tips list is making sure your child's immunizations are up to date. Check with coaches about sports physicals and schedule those immediately.

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    Food & Snacks

    Food & Snacks: Plan now on breakfast, lunches and after school snacks. Purchase on-the-go foods: things that can be eaten in the car on the way to school. Keep special bins in the pantry and clearly label them. Put them within easy reach of the kids so they can help themselves. Suggestions: granola or breakfast bars, applesauce cups, almonds, cheese and cracker packets, juice boxes, etc. Keep fresh fruit, popcorn, nuts, cheese, etc. for healthy after-school snacking.

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    Uniforms & School Supplies

  • Uniformly Speaking: A lot of schools have gone to uniforms. Items go quickly, so shop early. Have a mix of long and short sleeves, shirts, blouses, pants, etc. The uniforms are usually mix-and-match, so many outfits can be made by having a variety of item types.
  • Shop It: Purchase those shoes, clothes, lunch boxes, book bags, school supplies, etc. early. Look for coupons and special sales to save dollars. By starting early, you'll have the best-of-the-best to choose from. No moaning about not having enough to wear because the local stores didn't buy enough school uniforms! And don't forget about socks and undies!
  • Cubbies: Purchase cubbies to stash all sports gear in one place.

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    General Tips

    Think about what happened last year. What worked? What didn't? How can you make learning fun?

    Teaching your children these good organizing habits will help them throughout their lifetime journey.

    Here are some other general tips that can help you and your little darlin's make it through this school year better than last time:

    • Prepare Tonight: Prepare tonight for tomorrow morning. Get them to help with making lunches, filing papers, calendaring, picking out what they will wear the next day, packing their bags with books, homework, etc. There will be less stress for everyone. Make sure they put dirty clothes in the hampers and hang things up. A clean sweep at night makes a better tomorrow morning!
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  • Get yourself ready, pack tonight: If you have a range of wee ones, you probably will need to pack many things in the car such as strollers, diaper bags, sporting equipment, etc. Put everything you can into the car the night before. That includes your homework, briefcase, etc. Don't forget to pack your own lunch!
  • Breakfast spot -- Get your breakfast spot ready for in the morning. Have coffee/tea station stashed and ready to go. Get out the cereal, bowls, spoons, napkins. Have those bins stashed with on-the-go snacks for breakfast in the car.

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