Monday, July 15, 2013

Back to School Blast! Someone's going to win a $1,000 Visa Gift Card!

Welcome to the Back to School Blast!

Getting your family prepared to head back to school, can be difficult especially after a long, fun-filled summer. Here are a few of my favorite Back to School Tips to help you along the way.

1. Back-to-School Supplies Checklist - Backpack? Check. Pencils? Check. Safety scissors? Not Yet. Use the same checklist each time you head out to grab supplies, to keep track of what you have already purchased and the things you still need to. These are also handy if you have more than one child. Simply print 2, 3, 4 list and add their name to the top.

2. Don't overbuy. Review the above list and make sure it includes things your child really needs. Don't buy just to buy. Go through last year's supplies so you don't duplicate items. Consider having your kids use the same backpacks as last year. Do they really need a new one? Cut expenses and waste by reusing whatever you can.

3. Don't wait until the last week or two to cram in all the fun-filled activities you planned for the summer. And don't sweat it if you didn't have the chance to do all of them. Most of us don't.

4. Take the time to organize your child/children's bedrooms. School mornings will be much less stressful if everything is where it should be so there is no last minute, "I can't find my shoe," or "I don't have any matching socks!"

5. Establish a bedtime routine. Don't wait until the night before the new school year to try to enforce an earlier bedtime. Ease your kiddos into a week or so ahead of time.

6. Have a family meeting to discuss goals for the school year. Give everyone a chance to share their expectations and plans.

7. Set rules you plan to enforce. Don't threaten your kids with punishments you don't intend to follow through with, i.e. no television/games/computer time if there are any disciplinary problems in school or if homework is not turned in on time. 

8. Create an atmosphere of gratitude. Teach your kids to be grateful for the opportunity to get a good education. After all, not all children are quite as blessed.
9. Determine to keep things in perspective. As the late Dr. Richard Carlson said over and over again, "Don't sweat the small stuff."
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  1. Always check the paper for back to school sales.

    1. Another thing to do right now, rather than waiting until the last minute!

  2. Put a small "I love you" card in the 1st day back lunchbox.

  3. Set out clothing and pack lunches the night before - that way the morning is less rushed.

  4. Make the kids wake earlier the week before too. Maybe not as early as they will have to get up, but earlier than their summer wake up time.

  5. Buy school clothes & supplies when they are on sale. Staples is having a great sale on school supplies this week.

  6. Have the kids help you shop for their school lunches, and let them have a treat or two the first week.

  7. This will be our first year of school so not full of advice yet, but loving the tips I have read so far!

    1. Will there be tears, dancing, or a combination of both on that first day, Megan?

  8. Buy school supplies on clearance for next year!


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