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5 Tips to Get Your Family Ready for the New School Year

Getting the new school year off to a good start can influence a child's attitude, confidence, and performance, both socially and academically, Mighty Mommy's 5 smart tips to get your family ready for the new school year will help make those first few weeks easier for your kids--and yourself!

By
Cheryl Butler,
Episode #292

As the lazy days of summer begin to dwindle, your family will soon be drifting away from a carefree, laid-back atmosphere to one that is more intense, structured, and at times, even a bit frenzied.  What does this all mean? You've got it--welcome to another new school year!

Getting the new school year off to a good start can influence a child's attitude, confidence, and performance, both socially and academically. But for may familes, the transition time between the end-of-summer and the start of school can be one of the most stressful times of the year.

Back-to-school doesn't have to be stressful. In fact, it can be exciting, and a time of great anticipation for all the new experiences and learning opportunities that lie ahead--es[ecially If you do a few simple things now, before those school bells ring.

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Here are my 5 smart tips to get your family ready for the new school year--and to help make those first few weeks easier for your kids, and yourself!

Tip #1:  Get Into a School Routine Before The First Week of School

With summer vacation comes later bedtimes, and usually a lack of structure and routines. Hey--we slack off a bit in our home during the summer months, too!

But when those late-summer crickets begin to chirp in mid-August, I start introducing our regular school routine into the mix, so that my family has a couple of weeks to adjust. We do things like moving bedtimes up gradually, re-establishing school year chore routines, waking the kids up earlier each morning, and reviewing our family's school year expectations (like homework habits, curfews on school evenings, chore responsibilities, and play date rules.)

Then, by the time those school bells ring for the first time, we have already gotten into the school year groove--and for the most part, we feel ready to embrace our more structured schedules, instead of feeling overtired and overwhelmed.

See also: How Routines Will Simplify Your Life

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About the Author

Cheryl Butler

Cheryl L. Butler is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. Call the Mighty Mommy listener line at 401-284-7575 to ask a parenting question. Your call could be featured on the show!

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