By Momo Fali
It’s that time of year again; time for early mornings, homework schedules and blisters from new shoes.
My children are in the fifth and first grades and I work at their school, so I have seen a lot of back-to-school jitters from kids and parents alike. Here are my tips for a stress-free transition to your new routine.
* Have your child meet his teacher before school begins. Being familiar with the only adult in the room will help him feel at ease and less likely to pee his pants because he was afraid to ask to go to the bathroom. Trust me.
* Buy your school supplies for next year as soon as they get marked down this fall. Young children consistently need the same things year in and year out. You will save a small fortune.
* If your child’s class has volunteer sign-ups, get there first and choose the easy stuff! I pick providing snacks over decorating for parties or making cookies. Those types of things can throw a wrench into a well-planned schedule; which can also throw a wrench into Mommy’s mood.
* There is nothing better you can do for your child than have her get a good night’s sleep and feed her a healthy breakfast. Cereal is fine if you are short on time, but throw in a cheese stick for some added protein. Her brain will thank you!
* If you pack your child’s lunch, write him a little note. A reminder that you’re thinking about him can make a rough day much better.
* Set out lunchboxes, stuff the backpacks and lay out clothes the night before. I even make sure my son’s glasses are in a certain spot so we won’t have to search for them in the morning.
Now, if I could only remember to do that with my car keys.
Do you have any tips to help make back-to-school less stressful?
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