When I was a child, September was the month that elementary school started back up, the month that symbolized the end of summer merriment. Nowadays, August is when back to school shopping is done, backpacks are filled with new supplies and materials, and schools are back in session.
For stay-at-home or work-at-home moms, this means replacing one form of busyness with another. Keeping the kids entertained so they won't utter the dreaded phrase "I'm bored" turns into preparing lunches, helping with homework, and shuttling them to a variety of athletic practices and other after-school activities.
You'll undoubtedly see plenty of articles about how to make the transition from summer to school a bit easier and how to streamline your days, and that is included here. But you should not forget to take care of yourself and seek out your own moments of calm in the midst of the chaos.
Get Your Kids Back On Track
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education.
Ease your family back into a daily routine, complete with early rising and regular meal times
Figure out what paperwork is required for school registration – report cards, immunization records, and so on
Take time to put together a shopping list so you don’t forget something you need or purchase unnecessary items
Gather up all the necessary school supplies
Invest in a stylish and durable backpack
Let your child pick out new clothes that are comfortable, weather appropriate, and that they enjoy wearing
Prep the night before, planning meals or laying out clothes for the next day, to eliminate the morning rush
Get them a fun app that helps them practice math skills, letters and numbers, reading, memorization, and more
Find a distraction-free workspace for your children to work on their homework
Start a calendar to keep track of important dates throughout the school year
Photo by Flickr user Leland Francisco.
Back to School Resources from the official US Government website - This compilation of resources has links to immunization requirements for your state, financial assistance and nutrition programs, healthy recipes, physical fitness recommendations that promote an active lifestyle, and more.
Back to School Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics - These tips will promote the safety of your children in transportation to and from school, help them handle bullying, and teach them how to develop good homework and study habits.
Mom's Back-to-School Checklist from momAgenda - This handy checklist has reminders for the preparations you should make, from 2 months before school starts all the way to the night before. Have your children kept up with their summer reading? Do they need haircuts before they head back to school? All this and more is included!
Remember to Treat Yourself!
Breathe a sigh of relief for the structure going back to school brings