Back to school preparation

Back to School Preparation For The Kids

Calling all mothers and fathers – do you hear the distant ringing of school bells yet? The kids might not have back to school preparation on their minds yet, but as parents, early prep work that can take the stress out of the first day of school will prevent the grey hairs from sprouting. What can you do ahead of time to prepare the kids and reset your schedule for back to school? We’re so glad you asked! Grab that beloved cup of coffee and pull up your chair and we’ll share our favorite tips with you.

Back to School Preparation

From setting a new schedule for bedtime and homework to handling doctor’s appointments and vaccination paperwork, it’s go time for back to school. Luckily you have endless options for planning your new schedule once school starts, depending on how you’d like to set up your day for your own sanity. After-school activities and free time for your own hobbies and activities will require some extra consideration, but will pay off in the end.

Gather all documents and paperwork

Our strategy is if we start with the boring paperwork, everything else about planning for back to school will feel fun and easy. We have another blog here specific to registering the kids for school. As far as documentation, one of the most common things you’ll need is your child’s birth certificate. The friendly team at VitalChek is more than happy to help with this process!

Shopping for school supplies and clothes

One of the most exciting things about back to school preparation is the chance to go shopping! Even the kids seem to get excited about loading up on new supplies before the school year starts. A fancy checklist can help take some of the guesswork out of shopping before you load the kids into the car. This site offers printable checklists for different grade levels to help get you started.

Back to school shopping

Fresh new supplies is a fool proof way to get the kids excited for their first day.

If this isn’t your first rodeo, you might already have a plan in mind for how to tackle the shopping part of back to school prep. We highly suggest keeping an open mind and doing some research ahead of time. Keeping up with back to school shopping trends just might equal some big savings! Moneyish.com shared a few great tips on expensive mistakes parents often make when back to school shopping.

Set a new bedtime routine

How you reset the bedtime schedule will depend on what rules you have established during the summer. Some parents are more lenient during the summer and allow the kids to go to bed later, and oftentimes sleep later as well. Other parents may choose to try to keep them on a schedule similar to that during the school year to eliminate any transitioning at the end of the summer.

One of our favorite tips for children that need to be transitioned to a different sleeping routine is to do it gradually. Pull out your favorite calendar and plan a schedule for the next couple of weeks before the first day of school. Fifteen minute intervals will be best, and you can shave time off each day or couple of days leading up to their first day of school. Check out Mother.ly for a comprehensive guide full of facts and suggestions on how to adjust bedtime and sleeping patterns for the school year.

Think ahead for after school activities

Thinking of after school activities probably brings soccer practice or ballet to mind, but this can also mean after school activities for you too! Timing your day right will make sure that not only will the kids get to their activities on time, but that you will also have time to plan for yourself. Whether you’d like some quiet time to yourself to read or relax, or you want to think about what everyone is eating for dinner, planning ahead will make for a smoother evening.

Gather any info you can on meetings or practice times for the sport or activity your children are interested in. Pulling out that trusty calendar again can help. You can jot down what times things happen, especially if you have more than one child, to see how everything fits together. This will show you where the gaps of free time are for you to use for adult activities!

After school sports keep the kids active, but can also teach them valuable life lessons too.

Schedule a doctor’s appointment

This is probably where you’ll hear the kids start moaning and groaning. No one likes getting shots but there are certain requirements from a health perspective that need to be taken care of before their first day. Contact your pediatrician/primary physician to schedule an appointment. You can refer to the CDC website as a reference for required shots based on age.

Plan for lunch and dinner time

If you have the time to plan ahead before you run to the grocery store for the week, you might be able to take some of the rushing out of your day. Between driving the kids to school, getting to work, planning your own lunch, and coordinating after school activities, lunch and dinner can get lost in the mix until the last minute. You can even get the kids involved in this process and have them help choose some of the meals. Modern Honey has one of our favorite blogs on back to school lunch ideas that are fun, easy to prep, and healthy too!

Family dinner

Taking the stress out of dinner planning means more family time at the table.

There you have it! We hope some of the above tips help you as you work on back to school preparation, and take some of the stress out of the days leading up to the first day of school. For anything and everything to do with vital records, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help!

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