As a parent, you could be wondering if there is anything that you can do to help your child get ready for back-to-school season. As you can probably imagine, back-to-school time can be a bit frightening and overwhelming for kids, even if they are excited about meeting their new classmates and teachers. Luckily, if you follow these tips, you can help ensure that your son or daughter is as ready to start school as possible.
Help Your Child Get Adjusted to a Regular Sleeping Schedule
Many parents become a bit more lenient with their children about their sleeping schedules and bedtimes during summer vacation. After all, it might not seem to cause any harm for your child to stay up late at night and then sleep in a bit later in the morning when he or she doesn’t have to get ready for school.
However, it’s not a good idea to wait until the night before school starts to try to enforce a bedtime. Instead, start early with encouraging your child to get adjusted to a more regular sleeping schedule. Slowing easing your child into going to bed at a reasonable time and waking up in the morning can make things a lot easier for everyone who is involved, and it can help you ensure that your child is fully rested on the first day of school.
Go Shopping for Back-to-School Gear
For some kids, the most exciting part about getting ready to go back to school is shopping for new clothing and school supplies. Plus, it’s important to make sure that your child has everything that he or she needs for a successful first day back at school, so make it a point to handle all of your back-to-school shopping as soon as possible. Plus, if you avoid waiting until the last minute, you’ll have plenty of time to shop for great deals so that you can save money while buying essentials for your child for the new school year.
Create a Homework Station
Even younger children are often sent home with some form of homework each day, so you will need to make sure that your child is prepared to tackle this homework when school starts. One good option is to set up a homework station. Making sure that your child has a quiet place to focus on doing homework is ideal. You will also want to make sure that this area is fully stocked with everything that your child might need when he or she sits down to do homework, such as plenty of pens and pencils, crayons, rulers and other essentials.
Make Plans for After School
Now is a good time to start thinking about what you and your child’s plans are for after school. If your child is going to be going to an after-school program or to a local daycare after school, then you’ll need to make arrangements for this now and let your child know what to expect. If your child is going to be coming home each day after school, then you may want to set up routines and expectations for things like where your child will place his or her backpack, when homework should be done and whether or not there are any chores or anything else that needs to be done before your child starts playing.
Coming up with these things now and going over these expectations and plans with your child as soon as possible can help ensure that he or she knows what to expect. Plus, you will have a little more time to tweak your plans and make arrangements if you need to.
Clean and Organize Your Child’s Room
It can be hard for your child to get ready for the school year if his or her bedroom is a big mess. Take the time to clean and organize your child’s room and go through his or her clothing to get rid of things that he or she doesn’t wear and hang, fold and organize everything. This can make getting your child out the door in the morning a whole lot easier.
As you can see, there are a few things that you can do as a parent to help your child get ready for back to school. Follow these tips, and you can help ensure that the new school year starts out as well as possible.