By: Maria Rainier.
It’s that time of year again—the weather’s hot, the kids are getting restless, and you’re getting ready for the upcoming school year. There’s so much to prepare for before the school year, that sometimes it can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The most important thing to remember is to keep your cool and to control the impulse to over-shop in preparation. Back-to-school can be stressful, but if you follow these tips, you’ll make that transition from summer to fall with easier.
1. Go through your daughter’s supplies and clothes to determine what can be reused.
As noted above, one of the worst things about going back to school is the money you’re likely tempted to spend. I find that with my girls especially, they tend to want everything new to hit off the new school year. For a long time, I felt as though we were buying completely new school supplies every year and throwing out the old stuff. Of course, it’s reasonable to want new decorative folders and maybe need a box of pens or pencils. But go through your child’s things together with your child and see what can be easily recycled. Binders, highlighters, crayons, markers, and even backpacks can be reused for several years. As for clothes, ask that your child pick at least 70% of her closet to reuse. Get rid of the remaining items by donating them to a local Salvation Army or similar organization. Then make a list to determine what you’ll need for the beginning of the year.
2. Read an enjoyable, but challenging book together before the school year starts.
Your kids have likely taken a pretty considerable break from academics during the summer. To get your daughter back into school mode, it may be a good idea to read a book together. Pick something challenging that also at the same time enjoyable. In my experience, when you read a book together, kids stay motivated to keep reading. After you’re finished, consider writing a little book review together. And after each chapter, be sure to discuss the book. Whatever you do, make it fun, so your daughter will be excited about reading again in school.
3. Talk about after-school activities—which to skip and which to keep.
Back-to-school also means back-to-after-school activities. Many parents often overwhelm their children with different sports and activities, so the month before the new school year would be a good time to sit down and talk about what your child may want to commit to this year. Reevaluate activities based on your daughter’s interest, time (and money), and level of commitment.
4. Spend some quality time together.
This is perhaps the most important thing to do in preparation for the school year. When school starts, parents and children often become locked into their own schedules, and most of the day you’ll spend away from each other. Time at home is likewise busy—you preparing dinner, your daughter completing her homework, etc. Before you know it, it’s time to go to bed and do it all over again tomorrow. As such, the last few weeks of summer are the perfect time to spend some quality time together just relaxing and having fun.
Preparing for the school year, of course, is never fun. But if you plan accordingly, your daughter will make the transition back into the school year with relative ease. Good luck!
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Maria Rainier is a devoted blogger who topics concerning higher education and technology. She has her finger on the pulse of the online education industry, and she delights in writing about the benefits of online bachelor’s degrees in our digital society. Please share your comments with Maria below!
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