Thursday, August 14, 2008

Back To School Tip #7: A Family Transition

Getting ready to go back to school is more than gathering school supplies and filling out forms. Back to school time is one of those transition times and a little organization and planning comes in handy to lessen the stress of change for families.

Here are a few tips and ideas to help get your family back into the swing of things.
  1. Start the bed-time routine about two weeks prior to the first day of school. The body takes time to adjust and helping your kids get back on track ahead of time will allow them to be more focused and less physically stressed once school starts.
  2. Your family might consider having a family meeting so you can talk with your kids about the routines and expectations during the school year. Take this time to discuss interests or extra activities the kids will participating in during the fall as well.
  3. Do last school year's papers need to be gone through? If you have piles of papers, school work and art project that need to be weeded through, I suggest to make time to do this before a new year starts. Starting fresh can help you as a parent prepare mentally for a new school year. Remember, if this is a task that you often put off, don't wait until you feel like doing it, pick a date to do it and write in on your calendar.

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