Depending on what the school district is like where you live, your kids will be starting back to school in either August or September. Getting out of summer mode and back into the school routine can be a big adjustment but there are things you can do to make the transition easier.
1. Buy your school supplies as far in advance as you can. If you wait until the week before school begins, you may find that the stores are out of some of the items on your list.
2. Have your kids try on all of their fall clothes. After a summer of living in shorts, you may not notice any growth spurts until you get them to try on long pants.
3. Check their shoes as well. Sandals and flip flops are different than close-toed shoes.
4. Pull out their backpacks and lunch kits from the previous school year. Determine what, if any, can make it another year and what needs to be replaced.
5. Get bedtime and morning routines back on track. The first few weeks back to school are going to be hectic enough without having kids who are used to staying up late and sleeping in.
6. Create a central family calendar. You may have one already but if you don't, it's a good habit to get into. One large calendar where everybody's activities and appointments are entered will keep everyone in the loop. If you all have smart phones you can create a digital version as well.
7. Designate an area to keep school gear. If everyone places their backpacks and school stuff in one location, last-minute before-school frenzies can be minimized.