Can you believe it’s already been a little over a month and it’s time to start preparing for the back to school routine? In some ways, school is a relief because it puts families back on a schedule, a much needed daily routine. However, each new school year brings about it’s challenges, trials, and tribulations. To get ready for the new back to school routine, I advise that you try to make it as stress-free as possible.
Here are some suggestions to help you get ready for school without feeling totally lost and fearful.
Start the Schedule for an Optimal Back to School Routine
I always like to recommend that families try to stay on a schedule throughout the summer.
If you didn’t stay on a firm schedule, I suggest that you start the back to school routine a few weeks before school is slated to begin.
For instance, start waking up early like you would for school a week or two in advance. This helps you and your kids prepare your body clocks. Starting the schedule in advance prevents the shock of waking up early on the first day of school.
Meet in Advance for a Successful Back to School Routine
If you can, set up a meeting to go to the school and just casually tour around. A tour is a great idea especially if your child is going to a new school, starting middle school, or starting high school.
Request a meeting with the school guidance counselor and teachers to discuss your child’s strengths and weaknesses BEFORE they enter school. This technique works because adults at school will know how to help your child when needed and they will keep a special eye out for him or her.
Schools, please be open to these requests. It will go a long way in helping children with various isms transition through the back to school routine with greater ease.
Wrap Up Summer Reading Assignments
Make sure your child has done his or her summer reading requirements.
If you can, read the books after he or she is done reading them. This way, you can have a discussion about the book and ensure your child truly understands the main concepts. I was still doing this with my mom all through high school and it was a huge help.
Add a Dose of Enthusiasm for the Back to School Routine
Parents, be enthusiastic about your child going back to school. Be sure to sound excited when bringing up the time to go to supply shopping. Let your kid choose their own lunchbox, backpack, the cool folders, etc. This will make them feel empowered and excited and better prepared for the new back to school routine.
Explore Fashion Magazines
I know this may sound silly but I suggest that your look through catalogs or fashion magazines to determine the current back to school styles.
Even if your child is not crazy for fashion, blending in with peers has helped me in many ways. When it appeared that I was fashion conscious, my peers were more likely to approach me. They’re nicer to me because I look a certain way and “fit in”. It really helps set you up on the right path during the back to school routine.
Starting Middle School? A New Back to School Routine
I have so many more useful tips and ideas about starting school, getting ready for all the little things, and surviving the back to school routine in my book, Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About.
I wish all of you the best of luck in starting your new school year!