Gary from Label Your Stuff
, an easy-to-use, personalized online label site (think clothing, backpacks, lunchboxes, allergy alert, gift labels, books addresses and more), give us his top tips for getting back to school with your cool still in tact.
It’s hard to believe we are in the Back to School season already. For something so predictable, it's surprising how many people are caught off guard every year and must scramble to buy their kids clothes, supplies and getting them back into the routine.
Here are a few tips to help with getting your kids ready for school this year.
Label Your Stuff
According to some websites the average family spends over $500 per child, all the new clothes, new shoes, new lunch boxes, new backpacks and even new pens and pencils makes shopping for school one of the biggest expenditures of the year for most families.
The expense of lost gear can really add up, so labeling is a great cost-saving measure. There are plenty of ways to label your child's belongings, including hard-to-name items like shoes and hoodies, water bottle and lunch boxes Take a look at LabelYourStufff.com
and before you know it you'll have everything labeled and ready to go. We're offering TFG readers 10% off with the code TFG10.
Get Back Into Your School Sleep Pattern
If you wait till the first day of school to adjustment household sleep schedules you may be sorry. Instead, ease children back into a school year routine gradually. During the last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a school year bedtime. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they'll need to rise when school begins.
Establish Food Patterns That Match School
Younger children, in particular, need to adapt to new meal routines before the school day starts, during and after school; this may be a huge shift to what they have done over the summer. Plan meals and snacks to get little ones into the rituals of the school day before the school year begins.
Create a Calendar
One of my friends gets out the big desk calendar at the start of every year and it becomes the road map for all activities and events that all the kids have during the year. It is even color coded by child. The lunch menu is a great addition to the calendar. Scout meetings, school assignments, music lessons, games, practices. This creates a centralized site for all family calendars and schedules and a one-stop shop for family time management.
Plan Before You Shop
August is the second-biggest sales month for clothing retailers. Back to school clothing sales begin as early as July! An informed shopper is a savvy shopper, so prepare before you shop. Take an afternoon and have your kids try on their clothes, boy! how they grow over the summer. Assess each child's clothing needs. Empty drawers and closets of outgrown or worn-out clothing, and either store or donate the discards. Clean and organize clothing storage before new garments are added. Develop a good list of what each kid needs and avoid the “I don’t know what I need” look when you get to the store. That way you can get in and get out and everyone is happy.
List School Supplies
Get the classroom supply lists before shopping for school supplies. Forewarned is forearmed—and helps protect the family budget. Some of the basics are ok to buy ahead of time.
Do All of The Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork
School entry may require documentation from immunization records, report cards from the previous school year. Athletes need proof of medical examination and birth certificates. A little preparation before the last few days will go along way. Call your child's school or check the school district Web site beforehand to find out what paperwork will be required--then find it!
Get Ready The Night Before
Each evening, think ahead to the following morning; what is needed for the next day Make sure there are breakfast food items available and easy to prepare. Lay out children's clothing the night before. Make sure backpacks are ready and have homework, projects or library books in them. Make sure musical instruments or sports bags are packed and ready to go.
Create a dedicated space for each kid for their own stuff like books, papers, lunch money and permission slips.
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