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5 tips for parents to easily prepare for the back-to-school season

Planning is very important to prepare your child for the first day of school.

It’s not just a matter of packing a bag, books and a lunch box, but it’s essential that children are mentally prepared as well. When they feel encouraged, reassured and supported by their parents, they are more likely to feel more confident and competent on the first day.

Here are some simple tips to prepare for the back-to-school season:

Talk to your teacher

Before the start of the school year, it is ideal to visit your teacher, guidance counselor or even the school principal to let them know of your interest in commitment and goodwill. This is also the ideal time to inform the teacher of any health or learning problems your child may have.

It’s also helpful to find out if your child has a friend, neighbor or relative in the classroom. A buddy system will help ease the transition and the rest of the school year.

Adjust your child’s bedtime

Your little one may be in the habit of staying up later than usual during the vacations. At least one full week before school starts, it’s important to set his biological clock to match the daily school schedule. Lights should be turned off earlier than usual so he can get enough sleep for a full day of learning. We all know how cranky we can get when we’re tired!

Teach him about safety

Have your little one sit down and talk about safety and how it should be their top priority. Discuss what to do in situations such as loss or harassment. Talk about physical safety and road safety. Remind him or her that there are responsible adults around who he or she can turn to if he or she has a problem.

Excite them

While some children may be excited about their first day of school, others will not be because they are still in vacation mode. To prepare them for their return, buy their clothes, snacks and supplies with them, giving them the freedom to choose.

Spend quality time together

Once they return to school, you won’t be able to spend as much time with them. Make it a point to bond with your children, have constructive conversations and be there for them. It will reassure them that they will come home to a loving place after a long school day.

For a smoother school year, follow these back-to-school preparation tips for parents!