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15 Tips to Get Ready for Back-To-School

15 Tips to Get Ready for Back-To-School

Have you started preparing for your kid’s upcoming school year yet? Here are valuable back to school tips. Get ready for back-to-school! 

Whether it’s their first day of kindergarten or they’re entering their senior year of high school, you worry about if your children are fully prepared for the school year ahead. There’s no way to really know what they’ll encounter, but here are 15 back to school tips to help you and your children get ready for the upcoming school year.

1. Get supplies ready early. As a parent, you probably have a lot going on in your daily life, but it’s important that you not hold off on buying supplies. Waiting means that you could miss out on deals or supplies that many parents are after. You can easily find what your kids need from school supplies lists that can usually be found on the school’s website or in some stores.

2. Attend back-to-school events. Many schools hold meet-the-teacher events at the beginning of the year. These meetings allow you to get familiar with your children’s teachers. Being familiar with the teacher makes it easier to understand what they expect out of your children.

3. Be positive. Your child may complain and groan about going back to school, but it’s your job to stay positive. It sets an example for them to follow. Make their upcoming year feel like an adventure.

4. Take a look at eyesight. If you or your child suspects that they have vision problems, test it out before they go back to school. Discovering during the school year could result in them suffering by squinting at the whiteboard and having no clue what the teacher is referring to. Doing it before the school year maximizes their engagement.

5. Brush up your dental routine. During the summer, a kid’s daily routine is thrown out of whack. It’s likely they won’t brush their teeth as often as they should. Before school starts, get them back into the routine of brushing twice a day for two minutes each time. Don’t forget to floss too!

6. Read, read, and read more. Encourage your child to read. Summer reading makes the transition back to school so much easier. Make it an activity that you guys do together; begin or continue reading with your kids every day for at least 10 minutes.

7. Encourage vision e-breaks. For students both young and old, classrooms have become more technology-based. Teach them to take small breaks from the computer to reduce the chances of vision issues and allow them to interact with the world around them.

8. Ensure a safe walk to school. For some parents, the best option for older kids is walking. If your kid walks to school, be sure to check the paths that they’re taking to ensure that they’re safe before the school year starts.

9. Vaccinate against meningitis. It’s important that you vaccinate your kids before they go back to school, as the classroom is a petri dish for germs and disease. Vaccination against meningitis is particularly important for preteens and teens, as the bacteria is spread through coughing and kissing.

10. Shift back to a sleep routine. Just like it is with brushing their teeth, your children will neglect their sleep routine during the summer. They go to bed late; they wake up late. It’s important to get them used to waking up before 8 a.m. weeks before school starts so that they’re not grumpy and tired in the classroom.

11. Equip for sports. If your kid does sports or wants to try out sports during the school year, get their equipment before the school year begins. Many sports jump into tryouts and practice right when school is back in session.

12. Guard those teeth. If your kids do participate in sports, invest in a mouthguard before the start of the sporting event. If your child gets a mouth injury from playing soccer, football, baseball, basketball, or swimming, then you’ll be dishing out some major bucks on dental work.

13. Ease first-day jitters. Some kids get really nervous for their first day back to school. Help them ease their nerves by talking through it or by doing a practice run. If they’re really bad, ask the school if your kid can walk the school to understand the layout and meet teachers to feel more comfortable.

14. Let go of little ones. Some kids are super excited about their first day of school, and it’s the parents that suffer from separation anxiety. Instead of hovering, find ways to calm yourself and accept the fact that your little one is growing up.

15. Address anxiety. Anxiety has become a major staple in many students’ lives. The stress of getting work done and making their teachers and parents proud has led many kids to have panic attacks. Talk to your children about your expectations; let them know that you’re there to help no matter what.

Going back to school doesn’t need to be scary for you or your children. These 15 back to school tips and tricks should help any back-to-school nerves that you or your kids may have.

Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 08/17/2021 / 1:39 am

    I love that you called out attention to dental health more than once. So much of our health starts right in teh gums.

  2. 08/16/2021 / 5:31 am

    Ha, yes. All these tips are so valid! This year our back-to-school routine was pretty low-key because of online schooling. But when school starts, I will need all these tips and then some to get the kids back to their routines. They haven’t been to physical school since last March!

  3. Alexis
    08/16/2021 / 4:10 am

    Great tips for this back to school season!

  4. 08/15/2021 / 5:06 am

    My kids already started their school . These are wonderful tips as mom we need to keep in mind.

  5. 08/14/2021 / 1:30 am

    These are such great tips! Parents will find this post super informative and helpful 👌🏻

  6. Catalina
    08/13/2021 / 7:16 pm

    The back-to-school event is coming and we need to be ready! Thanks for these tips.

  7. Mae
    08/13/2021 / 9:25 am

    These are great tips for all parents! I will be taking notes since my son will be back to school in a couple of months!

  8. 08/13/2021 / 8:38 am

    These are great tips! Mommies and daddies can definitely take note of the great tips here. Very valuable!

  9. 08/13/2021 / 6:23 am

    great tips!!! now with my kids older and my first-born getting ready for back to (well, first time to) college, we are learning again together

  10. 08/13/2021 / 5:25 am

    It’s been a while and we never noticed that it’s another school year again. My cousin is excited for her kid and I guess this will be worth sharing with her. Indeed such great tips!

  11. 08/13/2021 / 2:10 am

    These are all such great tips to help kids get back in the routine!

  12. Beth
    08/13/2021 / 1:41 am

    These are great tips to help families get ready for school to start!

  13. 08/12/2021 / 7:46 pm

    These tips are really going to come in handy. Sharing this with my folks

  14. 08/12/2021 / 6:08 pm

    These tips are incredibly helpful as we coach our kids and ourselves ( as moms) with back-to-school transitioning. I’m currently working on supporting my kids with their bedtime routine and going to sleep earlier than they were doing all through summer.

  15. 08/12/2021 / 4:08 pm

    We need to start getting back into a routine. It is going to be a tough adjustment to get back into the school routine.

  16. 08/12/2021 / 4:04 pm

    I am fortunate; I don’t have to prepare for school again. All my daughters had graduated already.

  17. 08/12/2021 / 3:27 pm

    Great tips. But things wiill be different though since classes are still done online.

  18. 08/12/2021 / 3:13 pm

    Thanks for this helpful list! My oldest is starting pre-school next month!

  19. 08/12/2021 / 1:45 pm

    Love all your tips! This year will be different for us with just my son as a freshman in college! Time flies!

  20. Scarlett Brooklyn
    08/12/2021 / 10:52 am

    I agree, we shouldn’t be worrying too much about going back to school. Glad to read your post

  21. Richelle Escat
    08/12/2021 / 10:06 am

    Back to school makes anxiety worse for parents hehe. J enjoyed reading your tips.

  22. 08/12/2021 / 10:05 am

    these are really valuable tips. Although, it might take a while here since we doing another year of online classes it is still good to prepare the kids well

  23. Monica Simpson
    08/12/2021 / 4:14 am

    We start school next week. It’s going to be a rude awakening for my kids who’ve been staying up way too late this summer. I need to get them started back into a normal bedtime routine.

  24. ashley t
    08/12/2021 / 2:58 am

    These are all really great tips. We are still working on getting back to a sleep routine.

  25. 08/12/2021 / 1:45 am

    Yep, only one week left for my two teenagers! One of them is entering high school for the first time. She is feeling the anxiety and I am doing what I can to ease her fears.

  26. Kathy
    08/12/2021 / 1:00 am

    These are all such wonderful tips. I think my kids are ready for school. We have just about all the supplies except for a couple. They have all their clothes as well. My kids go back September 1st.

  27. 08/11/2021 / 11:41 pm

    My boys went back today. These are good tips for back to school.

  28. Amber Myers
    08/11/2021 / 9:57 pm

    These are some great tips. My kids go back on August 23rd and waking up early will be a shock for them.

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