Back to School…

Back to school time is approaching quickly as summer is escaping my grasp. I am always sad this time of year and the transition back to school can be full of anxiety. I find the best way to deal with this transition is to be prepared ahead of time to avoid the unnecessary anxiety.

First of all, shop early! Hopefully by now, everyone has their school supplies, school clothes and accessories already purchased. I am a firm believer is being prepared early. No crowds, not everything is picked over, and therefore no back to school shopping anxiety.

Visit the school: get paperwork and orientation taken care of early! If your child is planning on playing sports, get that sports physical done before school starts. Preferably, take care of the sports physical at the beginning of the summer and any shots that need to be updated. If it is out of the way early, you can enjoy summer and know that when school sneaks back up on you, you are already prepared.

Do a trial run of getting ready for school. Before school starts, do a trial run to make sure you have allotted enough time to get things done and get on the road. Of course, it is hard to account for traffic, but you can get a routine down that is easy for everyone. Again, this helps with anxiety the first days of school.

Make a game plan for sports and after school time. It seems like this time of year involves a lot of running. I believe in having the car prepared for all sorts of things. Extra clothes, extra snacks, first aid kit, etc… again, being organized is being prepared for the unknown. It is so much easier to have extras in your vehicle than it is to make a trip home between school events and extracurricular activities.

Don’t overschedule your child. Make sure that your child has time to be a kid. Allow for some downtime. You, as a parent, need time to decompress and so will your child.

There are many other tips out there for back to school time. Of course, what works for one may not work best for another, but I can guarantee that is you are organized before the time comes, everyone will be much happier and more successful.

~Suzanne

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