Back To School Tips for Parents

August 14, 2014 in Parenting

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It’s the time of the year to start thinking about school days again. Here are a few tips for parents to make those first days of school easier – especially for the little ones, who are just starting their educational journey!

First day of school can be quite stressful – for the child and for parents. Especially if we are talking about a younger child changing schools. Here are a few simple tips that are easy to follow and will for sure help to avoid uncomfortable and stressful situations:

  1. If the school is new to your child, make arrangements to take a tour before the school starts
  2. Meet the child’s teacher – if you can’t do it in person, schedule at least a telephone conversation
  3. If your child has any medical conditions – and that includes allergies, finalize them with the school nurse
  4. The night before first day of school pack your child’s backpack with his help – then there are no questions locating important items
  5. Put your child to bed early the day before school – if he or she has a tendency to be anxious and stress, fatigue will aggravate the situation
  6. On the first day of school make sure your child wakes up early enough to allow plenty of time to get ready and have a good breakfast
  7. Pack a nutritious lunch and sneak in a little love note – especially for the younger child
  8. You may want to consider driving your child to school for the first day – even if plan is to use alternative transportation later
  9. Walk into the classroom with the younger child, gtreet the teacher and introduce your child and yourself
  10. Remind your child what time you will be back to pick him or her up
  11. If there are other parents present, introduce yourself to them
  12. And whatever you do – do not be late!
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Tips for New Highschool Students

August 19, 2010 in Featured Articles

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That first day of school can be a real awakening. It doesn’t really matter whether it is for the anxious new freshman or a confident and experienced senior, back to school time is a transition time – everything is new. But – there is no escaping – you have to go! Here are a few tips and suggestions to make the change from lazy summer days to hectic back to school days as easy as possible.

Get ready for the First Day

Get ready to wonder around – get ready to deal with lockers, get ready to remember to bring everything you need to or wanted to bring and totally get ready for trying to find your homeroom. How can you make it easier? If you are starting new school, try to visit it before classes begin. That means finding places like the gym, library, labs, etc. And to make it easier, check if the school you are entering has maps – get one and keep it in your backpack for future references until you are familiar with the school layout.

Get Your Stuff Together

You will need to take your school supplies and paperwork with you on your first day. It is definitely a good idea to pack your backpack at least the day before your first school day so that you are not rushing and scrambling around at the last minute. Pack you basic supplies – notebooks, pens, pencils, calculator, etc. and collect any school forms that were mailed to your family over the summer.

Choose Your Wardrobe

Pick what you are planning to wear and try it on – that will help you decide.Focus on wearing what makes you feel good, not on what you think others will wear. And just in case you are planning on wearing new shoes, make sure you break them in ahead of time to avoid any discomfort on your first school day.

Get Your Emotions in Check

It is simple: new place = new emotions. You may be feeling anxious, scared, tense or excited. It is perfectly normal to feel all that – just remember that it takes some getting used to. Once your establish your school routine, things will calm down. If you are worried and tense, remember to start small. If large groups of students make you nervous, start by talking to one or two people each day – the one at the desk next to yours in your homeroom or a few people to sit with in the cafeteria is a good start. If you still feel uncomfortable after a few days, set up a meeting with your school guidance counsellor or your teacher and discuss the matter. But do give yourself some time, most problems adjusting to school are only temporary.

Hope you have enjoyed these basic tips – please send in your comments, suggestions an experiences, your input is always welcomed and much appreciated

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Simple Tips for Back to School Time

August 18, 2010 in Featured Articles

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I keep watching that commercial on TV where back to school time is positioned as the most wonderful time of the year. It is creative and funny – I am just not sure who is really laughing, other than potentially the retailers. But – it can be the most wonderful time, kids are usually (I think) excited about going back to school.  Parents? Not so much….Probably all seing their bank balances shrinking, credit card balances going up and nerves being strung quite tight. Consider what is important here and communicate it to your children. Easier said than done? Here are a few tips that I hope will be of assistance in your back to school survival:

Involve Your Kids:

If you do that, there will be less of a chance that they will put up a fight for things that you have not put into your budget. Another thing that will be eliminated is you potentially purchasing items they will refuse to wear or use.

Make an Inventory:

Check out all your closets and search through your house for last year’s leftovers. You may have stashed some items and forgotten about them as well – don’t we all do that sometimes?

Make a List:

Decide on what needs to be purchased immediately. That means talking to your kids about what is really needed right now and what can be purchased later – potentially when sales pop up for the after back to school rush. Explain to them that they will be able to get better and more of what they are asking for if they are just a little more patient.

Set Your Budget:

Know what you can afford, making sure that you are not paying off your credit card bills until Christmas (only so that you can start loading up charges all over again) Again – involve your kids in this process, because their understanding of what is and what isn’t in the budget will help you when shopping with them.

Shop Around:

You will want to keep an eye on flyers – especially when it comes to school supplies. While bulk stores may have better overall prices, some items can actually be much cheaper when you look at office supply stores loss leaders – they are aimed at getting shoppers into the store so you could realize some serious savings.

Check Out Clearance Racks:

Seasons come and go and if you are planning ahead, you can take the opportunity to save a lot of money. Summer T-shirts for example – they will for sure be on sale and all you have to do is to consider that they can be layered with other clothing to create new look each time.

Remember that most children have not outgrown all of their clothing and used or lost all their schools supplies since last school year so don’t start shopping as if they did!

Hope these simple tips will help you deal with that wonderful time of the year – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated

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