“Bells are ringing, students singing, teachers teaching everyday…” Summer is officially over, and you are more then ready for the yellow school bus to make it’s appearance. The first day comes suddenly and almost without warning. With lists of all the “stuff” you need to prepare for the big day, it can feel overwhelming. Here are some tips to make the first day exactly what it should be…FUN!
1. Meet the Teacher Morning is a Must.
Put it in your calendar ahead of time to meet the teacher and see the classroom. For little ones this will help ease any anxiety about what the first day will look like. Typically on this day, they will see their assigned seat and meet friends in the same class. Usually this is a short and sweet morning for the parents and invaluable for the kiddos.
2. Buy School Supplies in Advance………..FAR IN ADVANCE!
Any parent who has experienced the back to school supply buying frenzy knows how stressful it can be. Many schools give a list of very specific supplies that may not be purchased at one store. I remember thinking what a great opportunity for the kids with me and pick out what they needed. The following year, I went myself. The next year I was thrilled when the class teacher told us we had the option of giving cash. Best. Idea. Ever. I think you hear me. Beat the rush. Go alone. Always give money if that’s an option.
3. Outfit Your Child for the First Day.
Same rules apply for the clothes, kind of. My daughter attends a school where uniforms are required. Who knew all those smoothies over the summer would make her grow out of her old clothes. Thinking I was ahead of the game, I was shocked to find out her skirts were on backorder in July. If your school does not require uniforms I suggest using a special first day outfit shopping day. This will ease the guilt you feel about not taking them for supplies and help your child feel part of the first day experience. Not to mention, it will be one less day of fighting over clothes in the morning.
4. Load up on lunch food.
Parents everywhere complain about making lunch. There is nothing more awful then making lunches at 9pm to notice you are out of deli meat. Use the weekends to buy lunch food for the week so you do have to utilize the 24-hour Wal-Mart down the street. This will also help to make sure kids have a healthy lunch instead of the processed foods in your pantry.
The one word which sums ups this article is, Preparation. It is vital to a parent and child’s success with school. Whether it’s pertaining to supplies, clothes or food; keeping things organized and ready allows for happy, stress-free school days.
What tips will you use to help with this school season?
Written By: Karyn Hendricksen, MS M.A.T
Karyn Hendricksen is a health and wellness enthusiast. She is passionate about gathering as much knowledge as possible pertaining to staying healthy, naturally.
Karyn’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Specialist Certification in Muscle Activation Techniques. She loves to educate others on how fun and easy it can be to lead a healthy lifestyle through both blogging and public presentation. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her awesome husband Russ, and daughters’ Alexa and Stella. She can be found Restorative Wellness Center.