10 Back to school strategies that are guaranteed to make your life easier

Well, we are back again.  It’s time for the rush of back to school to start.  Everyone has to buckle down and get back to it.  Cue a long sniff of fresh clean notebooks and sharpened pencils…new school duds. Maybe if we prepare a bit we can lessen the back to school stress and relish in the fleeting relaxed feeling of summer.

This time of the year, parents and kids begin to feel the stress of the new school year. We feel compelled to make sure they have everything they need for a smooth transition.  It sometimes feel like the dip in the rollercoaster before it ascends again to the top just before the final drop.   Let’s try to ease into the school year like the final slide into the platform at the end of the coaster.

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1. Write it down to ease the stress of the whole family. Put an erasable weekly family calendar on the fridge or hang it up in the kitchen so the whole family can see what is on their schedule everyday… at a glance.


2. Summer homework to prep them for what to expect by getting them back in the habit of doing some homework.  If you child did not get assigned summer homework from school you can pick up a workbook so your kids can get back into learning mode.

3. Set goals with your kids and get them involved in their own accomplishments to set the stage for a successful school year.  You can set both behavior and academic goals.  Various behavior goals can be follow directions, use kind words, and sit up in my seat.  Academic goals would be based on the development age of each child.   Download a free goal setting freebie here to get started.

4.  Get everything in order in advance. Make sure your child has all the school supplies he’ll need for the new year. Try to get his class schedule in advance. Fill out all forms and medical records before the start of school so you don’t have the mad rush to get in the neccessary paperwork.

5.  Practice morning and evening routines. A few weeks before school, start the transition to your school-year schedule, including times for waking up, going to bed and having meals.  Maintain a consistent pre-bedtime routine.  Put a clock in your child’s bedroom to acclimate them to waking and bedtime.  Getting into a sleep routine before the first week of school will aide in easing the shock of waking up early.

6. Plan extra time to get out the door in the morning. This is especially important for the first few days of school. This will give you time to deal with tantrums or other avoidance tactics without your child being late for class.

7. Talk to your child: Asking your children about their fears or worries about going back to school will help them share their burden. Inquire as to what they liked about their previous school or grade and see how those positives can be incorporated into their new experience.

8.  Practice the first day of school routine: Organizing things at home — backpack, binder, lunchbox or cafeteria money — will help make the first morning go smoothly. Having healthy, kid-friendly lunches and snacks will help keep them energized throughout the day. Also, walking through the building and visiting your child’s locker and classroom will help ease anxiety of the unknown.

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9.  Be available at drop off and pick up for at least the beginning of the school year.  Your child will benefit if you can be a part of their schedule. They will feel more comfortable about being on their own and all of the changes they are experiencing.

10.  Back to school shopping

Does your child have everything he or she needs to go back to school? Not sure what you need to buy? Here are some basics to help you get organized.

What they need:

  • closed-toe shoes
  • Sneakers
  • Rain boots
  • Socks – 5 pairs
  • Underwear – 5+
  • 1 Fall coat
  • 1 rain jacket
  • Sweaters / Sweatshirts – 2-3
  • Pants – 2-3
  • Jeans – 2-3
  • Long-sleeve shirt – 3
  • Leggings/track pants – 2-3
  • Skirt/dress – 2-3
  • Tights – 2-3

What you need:

School is in session

Happy Autumn!

Do you have a go-to tip for making it back to school every Fall? Please comment and share!

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