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Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Week 2 Back-to-School Tips for Parents

September is not only a good opportunity for your children to get back on track after a long summer of relaxed bedtimes and long sleep-ins, but it also gives parents the chance to get into a good routine.

Now that back-to-school season is officially underway, here are some helpful tips that will make your life easier as a parent over the upcoming 10 months:

Catch-up daily

At the end of each school day, you should ask your children about any new assignments, forms, or field trips to avoid any last-minute surprises.

Asking your children what they learned each day also helps ensure that your kids are engaged in the classroom and don’t waste their time daydreaming.

Wake up earlier than your kids

If you want to ensure you’re not rushed in the morning, you should get ready for your day before your children are awake. Once your kids are up and about, you likely won’t have any time to get ready yourself and will just feel overwhelmed if you try to do both simultaneously.

Ask for a supply list

While some teachers will provide them, you should ask each teacher for a supply list early into the school year. This way, you can be assured that your children have everything they need when they walk into the classroom.

Create a homework schedule

To avoid procrastination, you should set up a time slot every day for homework. Even 30 minutes every day can ensure your children are on top of their schoolwork.

Even if their teacher hasn’t assigned any homework, they can still use this time to work on a future project or read a chapter of their textbook.

Stay on track on the weekends

Just because the school week ends on Friday doesn’t mean your children should be staying up well past midnight and sleeping in until noon once the weekend rolls around.

In order to ensure that everything runs smoothly on Monday morning, you should try your best to stick to your weekly routine during the weekend. This means making sure your children go to bed at a reasonable hour and get up early in the morning.

Volunteer

If you want to see how your kids interact with both their teacher and other students, you should sign-up to volunteer in the class room or on field trips. This can also give you the opportunity to bond with other parents and bounce ideas and concerns off one another.

Get to know the teacher

If you want to ensure your child is getting the most out of school, it’s important that you develop a relationship with their teacher.

In addition to attending parent-teacher interviews, you should try to have discussions with the teacher on a bi-weekly or monthly basis to hash out any issues and see if your children are reaching their full potential.