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Back to school made easy for parents

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Turning what could be frenzied school daze into happy school days for you and your children can be fun and easy. Long summer days are getting shorter, Labor Day is here and autumn is around the corner. That means it must be Back to School time. This can be an exciting time for students, a frantic time for parents and a busy time for teachers. To keep those golden school days from turning into a frantic school daze. The following tips will help parents, teachers and students make the transition from vacation to school as easy and simple as possible. A smooth start to the school year can bring about a positive and successful school year for all.

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It is important to get to know your child’s teacher, principal and everyone who works at the school as soon as possible. Make appointments to visit the school often. Volunteer in the school when you can and get involved in the Parents’ Associations. Your activity in the school will let your children know that school is important to you so it will be important to them also. Your children will not have time to misbehave or not do their schoolwork. They never know when you also have to be at school to run the bake sale or lead the parent’s meeting. In preparing for back to school here are some things that parents should do.

  • Begin the transition to an earlier bed time at least the week before school begins. This will help to reset the inner clock and help the child to wake up refreshed and ready for school. Buy an alarm clock and start using it a few days before school begins.
  • Take advantage of those back to school sales for books, paper, pens and pencils so that your child will be prepared. Also, check for back to school fairs that give away uniforms, book bags, school supplies and other back to school needs. These fairs are hosted around the city by faith institutions, schools, charities and businesses.
  • Talk to your children about the importance of school. Discuss how to get along with other children, how not to be a bully and what to do in case of bullying.
  • Arrange a clutter free space for your child to do homework. You should monitor as your child is working in case they need help or they become distracted by a computer game or website. Help them but do not do the work for them.
  • Make a habit of laying out uniforms or outfits, make lunches and pack book bags the night before. This will reduce the last minute rush in the morning to get to school on time.
  • Make an appointment to take your child to the doctor for a medical check-up and inoculations against diseases. These shots are needed for admission to school.
  • Plan on making an appointment to meet with your child’s teachers to introduce yourself and let them know that you are interested in your child’s education.

These tips will help you have and your children have a smooth transition back to school.

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