For most parents, the start of September is an exciting time. Not just because it's almost time to break out the boots and hoodies, but because school is starting. But, it can also be a stressful time. Getting the kids out the door on the right foot takes some smart executing. Here are just a few tips to help get it right.
1. Know when school actually starts
This may seem a bit elementary, but knowing exactly when that last tardy bell rings is important. For children, having to walk into class after it has already started doesn't start their day out very well.
2. Know the bus routes and times
If your child rides a bus, make sure you get them to the bus stop on time, or even a few minutes early. The buses don't always run on time, and if the bus is early, it may just leave without your child. Make sure also, they know the bus number for after school.
3. If your child doesn't take a lunch, make sure to have an account set up with the school
As important as breakfast is, when your child is in school, lunch is just as important. Make sure that they have an account set up with the cafeteria and there is always money in it.
4. Set out clothes,shoes, backpacks, etc the night before
Knowing exactly where these items are in the morning is helpful to not being rushed around. Nobody likes to start a day off having to look under beds and couches for that stray shoe.
5. Last, but not least, make sure they eat a good breakfast
If you simply don't have time to sit down to breakfast in the mornings, most public schools serve breakfast before school starts. Check with your child's school to find out. School is demanding, and having a growling tummy isn't good for anyone's focus.