It is that time of the summer when the words “back to school” are music to parents’ ears and dreaded by most kids. Yes, it is officially coming to the end of summer and our kids who are heading back to the classrooms for the year. You may be panicking about making sure you have everything ready to ensure your child has a successful school year.
Don’t fret! Miriam Williams, Minnesota School of Business – Richfield campus director and mom to a 12-year-old, compiled a list of tips for going back to school.
“This list works whether your kids are going back to school or if you are furthering your career by choosing to go back to school,” Miriam said. “It can be a stressful time of the year for both parents and kids and these tips may help you both get through it with ease.”
Tips for Going Back to School:
- Invest in a Planner: You can either buy an old school planner to write down appointments, deadlines, to-do lists etc. or download an app on your phone. I suggest the Google Calendar. It’s free to both Androids and iPhones.
- Organize Backpacks: Once the school supplies are bought, organize your child’s backpack in a way where they can find everything and settle right in on their first day. If you are going back to school, this goes for you too. Organize your backpack or computer bag to make sure you have enough supplies and that your electronics are all charged for the day. Expert tip: keep an extra charger in your bag for anything electronic you bring to campus.
- Prepare: When it comes close to the first day back to school, be sure to have everything ready to go so you are not rushing in the morning. Lay out clothes for the next day before bed and have the lunches ready to go.
- Get Enough Sleep: Before that first week back, start going to bed a little earlier so both you and your kids are ready to get up and have energy throughout the day.
- Stay Positive: Change can create anxiety for everyone. That is why it is important to reinforce that this new step of going back to school or starting a new grade level is an exciting time and something to embrace with open arms. Miriam’s son, for example, is thrilled to be returning to school soon because we spent the summer getting excited about a new grade in a new school. He’s ready, and looking forward to, the adventure!
As a campus director and mother, Miriam is well-versed on how to manage both an entire campus and years of getting her child ready for those first few days back to school. Use the tips above and hopefully you and your kids will have a wonderful back to school season.