It seems like just last week that everyone was talking about the last day of school, but now here we are preparing for back to school already! With some schools already started, Ozark schools starting this week, and many others not far behind, it’s time to get the family back in a routine. This is probably easier said than done after a couple months of freedom, but we’ve put together this short list of tips to help make that first day of school as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Be Prepared!
The morning of the first day of school can be stressful, and even scary for some kids, so the last thing they (or you) need to be worrying about that morning is what they’re going to wear or if they’re forgetting anything! The night before, help them pick out an outfit that they will be comfortable and feel confident in. In addition, make sure they have everything they will need in their backpack, and make sure their lunch is packed and ready for them to just grab and go in the morning! These are good habits to keep up throughout the entire year to make mornings easier, but they will be especially helpful in those first few days while everyone is getting back to the school year routine.
2. Get Some Sleep!
No one wants to send a cranky kid off to the first day of school, so make sure they get plenty of sleep the night before! Even better, start practicing with an earlier bedtime about a week ahead of time so that they will be adjusted to it by the time school starts. In addition to a good night’s sleep, make sure they wake up nice and early in the morning so that they have plenty of time to get ready without being rushed. Teach them to set an alarm clock each night so that they can learn the responsibility of waking up on time for school every day!
3. Eat Up!
You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! This is especially true for kids headed off to their first day of school. Make sure that they get a a healthy, balanced breakfast to help them stay focused throughout the day. Something like eggs, toast, and an apple is a great option because it provides plenty of protein and carbs, and a serving of fruit. Don’t stop at a healthy breakfast though – when you pack their lunch the night before make sure that it is also balanced and contains servings of protein, fruit, and vegetables, as well as a small treat. If they’re allowed to have one, it’s also a great idea to send a water bottle with them that they can refill throughout the day.
Back to school can be a tough transition for some kids, and even though it is exciting, it can take a little bit of time to adjust. But something as simple as creating a routine with them, and sticking to it consistently, can really help your entire family go back to school with ease!