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??