Sunday, August 27, 2017

9 Back to School Tips

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 Back to School time is fast approaching and in some Southern States already started. I remember the days when my son first started school and I was a wreck. I thought my little four year old just was not ready for classes and spending an entire day with out his Mom. Would his teacher know he loved to color, read and would stop for extra hugs and kisses? Would his teacher help him open his milk at lunch time or remind him it was "ok" to go to the restroom when needed? On second thought, maybe I was not ready for him to go to school just yet. Now, that my son is entering third grade my thoughts and feelings have changed. I now feel comfortable in sharing some words of wisdom that helped ME get ready for the school year!

1. Take those cheesy first day photos. I know they are cheesy and EVERYONE does them but so what?  Your child grows in a blink of an eye and those photos are wonderful memories to hold on to and look back on.
2. Be a present parent. Go to open house and meet your child's teacher. Walk the halls, find their locker and get acquainted with the area. This helps so much with any anxiety you might be having with leaving your child there. It also opens the communication up between you and your child's teacher, HUGE deal!!!!
3. Get a schedule in motion. I had the privilege of being a stay at home Mom. This really helped to get him ready and to school on time BUT we had a schedule. As your child grows they need this stability and to learn how to organize time effectively.

4. Encourage your child. My son has had a sense of style from day one. I support him and encourage his individuality. This is so important for him to feel comfortable in his own skin and have a healthy self esteem.
5. Homework station. Create a wonderful learning environment to encourage getting work done. We use the dining room table which is not located near any toys and is well lite. 
6. Bring Supplies to open house. When your child is little carrying supplies might not be practical. I like to bring them to open house and ask if any additional supplies are needed. Teachers try and supply the classroom but everyone has a budget, remember that!
7. Purchase quality supplies! If I had a dollar for every time my son broke art/craft supplies. If you purchase high quality items the chances of breakage are drastically lowered. 
8. Lay clothes out. My son picks out his own clothing but I have him do it the night before school. This eliminates any fuss in the morning AND saves us time!
9. Relax. I saw this suggestion on a fellow bloggers post and it is so vital and important. If you are stressed, worried and anxious about your child going back to school they WILL pick up on those feelings. If you are going through the motions, are organized, have good communication with teachers and school staff you need to relax. The first day my son went off to kindergarten I cried and thought he would throw a fit. He kissed me goodbye and headed into school without any problem. All that worry and sadness was on me, not him. So, wipe those tears and enjoy what a great job you have done this far and send them to learn something!
Are you ready for your kids to go Back to School?
Have any advice for first time parents??

17 comments:

  1. School starts this week and we're really excited for another new year of school for my 3rd grader. It's going to be a fun ride for the children. Believe in them, they're going to be okay!

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  2. What a wonderful set of back-to-school tips for parents! Being organized, putting together a workable homework schedule, and establishing a good line of communication with your child's teacher will help you start off the school year right. :-)

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  3. Aww! The picture so cute! These tips sound so great! I've definitely made note for future reference!
    It is all about routine. I'm hoping to pass this on.
    Luciana, commenting as (ajulydreamer)

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  4. These are some great tips and I agree with them. I take tons of photos even though my kids are like, "UGH!" I don't care!

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  5. We are making a homework station this weekend for my Son. I can not believe it is back to school time again already. Thanks for the great tips.

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  6. Those are great tips! I especially like get a schedule. That is so important!

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  7. I am starting to plan a family and it's so much fun to read about all the back to school craze. With some luck I'll be joining in on that in a few years. =D

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  8. I must say, I never took those cheesy first day photos with the cute signs. I wish I had done that with my kids.

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  9. Taking pictures and planning ahead are great tips.

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  10. Such a meaningful post. These are wonderful tips. As a parent with grown kids, the one that resonates most for me is to be present with the kids. Your son is a lucky boy to have you.

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  11. These are great tips! This is my daughter's first year of school!

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  12. I think first day back school photos are so memorable. Each child should a few pictures for each year.

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  13. Great tips for parents. I think planning way ahead and not doing it at the last minute would be great tips for parents getting ready for school.

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  14. I love these tips and first day back to school is always special. I know my aunts would love to read these tips. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Totally agree in all of these tips! Though preparing everything before hand is a must, it's better to be ready early than to wake up panicking early in the morning. So when the day come you'll be perfectly relaxed and enjoy the day to the fullest.

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  16. These are such awesome tips! My son hasn't reached the school age yet but he has started in daycare! These tips are great for any and all ages, especially to relax! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. These are all awesome tips. My son hasnt started school yet but as a photographer I will be taking a million pictures that day.

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