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Getting Kids Ready For Back To School

16.08.17 | Maple Crest

With a well-rounded summer vacation ending, parents spend a lot of time getting their kids ready for school. New school supplies, haircuts, and special end-of-holidays outings all play into the back-to-school routine. There are some other things that parents can do for themselves and their kids to ensure a smooth transition into the school year. Check out a few ways to get this school year off to a great start.


Set up a bedtime and wake-up routine in advance. If possible, it’s best to establish bedtimes and wake-up times two weeks in advance of the start of school. By the time the first school bell rings, kids will already be on the right sleeping schedule and it will be one less worry for your family.


Organize clothing. Donate or otherwise get rid of the clothing that your kids have outgrown, then take the time to carefully organize what is left. From there, decide what items you may need more of before school begins. Develop a wardrobe needs list for each child. Take an afternoon and assess each child's clothing needs. August is the second-biggest sales month for clothing retailers. Back to school clothing sales begin as early as July!


Get to know new teachers. There will be open houses, orientations, and other meet-and-greet options at the beginning of the school year. Try to find a few minutes before or after school to connect one-on-one with teachers. At the very least, send an introductory email that includes how you can help during the school year, however big or small.




Plan healthy lunches and snacks. The better you plan out the meals in your home, the healthier choices you will make for your kids. When you pack protein-rich snacks and lunches, balanced with fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome items, you ensure that your children will have the energy and brainpower to make it through their school days. Stock up on easy-to-grab snacks that can be put together in a pinch for a picnic-style lunch.


• Ready-to-eat veggies like carrots and cucumbers

• Fruit like apples, bananas, or oranges

• Fruit cups (fruit salad packed in juice, applesauce, mandarin oranges, pears, peaches)

• Single servings of lower-fat milk or 100% fruit juice

• Lower-fat yogurt

• Small packets of dried fruit like raisins or cranberries

• Whole grain crackers or mini-pitas

• Hard-boiled eggs (they keep for one week in the fridge with their shells on)


Update medical records. Most schools will let you know if your shot records are out of date. Make sure teachers and administrators have a complete list of any medical concerns regarding your kids, including allergies. You will also want to be sure that all emergency contacts are up to date.


Talk to your kids about bullying. Research shows that one in three kids experience bullying at some point in their school career—and in the increasingly digital world, the consequences can be extreme. Make sure your kids understand the right way to treat their peers, and when to speak up if they see someone else being bullied. Also make sure they know when to come to you if they feel they are being bullied.


Ask your kids about their concerns. The start of school is exciting, but can also bring some anxiety—especially when it comes to the unknown. Take a few minutes to ask your kids what they are most looking forward to during the school year, and what things may be worrying them. By giving them a forum to express their concerns, you can help them work through any worries in advance of school starting and clear up any issues that could lead to a bumpy start to the year.