The school season is coming up and as parents, we want to make sure that our children are prepped and ready for this school year. So, we made a checklist for you to follow to assure that your school-goer is in tip-top shape externally, and internally!
[ ] Buy clothes and supplies – Go through clothes to get rid of items that don’t fit or are too worn out and get a school supply lists, but check for items you already have, then buy the things you still need.
[ ] Label everything – Putting labels on everything reduces the time and effort you have to use into finding them. Saving you more time to prepare your kids lunches!
[ ] Get on a routine – It’s important for your kid to have an established routine. Writing out your daily routine and rehearsing them with your child would get them to develop the routine faster.
[ ] Create a lunch and snack station – A lunch and snack station is for you to be organized and not always running around the kitchen.
[ ] Encourage independence in kids – Your kids are growing every day, and they mature each grade level they step on. Encouraging your kids to be independent early on in life promotes confidence and self-esteem as well as motivation and perseverance in school.
[ ] Use a calendar or planner – Check the school calendar to make sure you are aware of all the important dates: social events, registration, meet the teacher, etc.
[ ] Get on a Housekeeping Routine – having a home cleaning routine is important for lots of reasons, but the most important is that it provides order and structure in your house. Your kids will feel a sense of accomplishment and keep your home nice and clean. It’s a two-in-one deal!
[ ] Prepare the kids for the first day of school – Adjust schedules so that internal clocks are ready for an early school wake up after so long.
[ ] Set goals – when you set goals for your kids, it obligates them to take action, regardless of the obstacles they may face. That’s an attitude that will get them through hard times in their school years. Practicing early on will condition them to keep moving forward.
[ ] Get bags, clothes, & lunches ready the night before – Get everything they need ready the night before they go to school. No one likes panicking early in the morning to beat the bus.
The bottom line is making a checklist will save you from unnecessary preparations and give you and your kids a sense of stability while preparing for this new chapter in their lives. It helps you stay more organized, and at the same time assures you that you will not skip any important steps in the process.