5 Tips for Back to School Success

canstockphoto38744860The distant sound of school bells ring as August comes to a close. The time to start planning for a smooth transition is now. Use the following tips for stress-free back to school prep.

1. Organize
Use the down time in summer to get and stay organized. Fill out any and all of the information packets the school sent out. Update emergency contact and health information records with the school. Mark important dates such as holidays and parent teacher conferences on your calendar. Last but not least, establish a night-before routine where clothes are picked out for the next day and supplied backpacks are ready to go.

2. Shop Around
Start shopping early in order to take advantage of sales and find the best deals. Determine what you need by going through your children’s wardrobes and discarding anything they’ve outgrown or worn out. Schools release their supply lists at different times, but you can still prepare by purchasing back-to-school staples. Basics include glue, notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, Kleenex and more.

3. Develop Healthy Meal Plans
Planning and preparing the meals for the first week of school frees up your time and energy to deal with other stressors. Making a list and purchasing everything you need on the weekend not only saves time and money but also ensures more nutritious meals. For more ideas on back-to-school meal prep, visit Real Simple.

4. Adjust Schedules
Start thinking about and scheduling the family’s priorities for the first weeks of school. Before the new school year starts, discuss how much time will be needed for extra-curricular activities, homework and family time. Then you can create a family calendar where each family member marks down his or her own activities. Make sure the calendar is located in a common area so that everyone can reference it easily.

5. Plan for Homework
Establishing a set routine for studying and homework will help everyone be successful in school. Setting up a place for your child or children to study also eases homework frustrations. You will want to make sure the space is quite, well-lit, has plenty of working space and stocked with everything they need. For tips on creating a homework headquarters visit Parents.