Tip Tuesday - Back To School Part 3 - Things You May Have Forgotten

OK, I don't know about you, but with my move and looking for a teaching job, this has been the longest summer ever. My kids go back to school in less than 2 weeks (yes!) and we are all counting the days.

Two weeks ago I talked about ways you could pre-prepare for back to school time.

Last week, I talked about 5 more ways to get ready, including an alarm clock that your kids have to chase to turn off.

This week, I'm talking about things you may have forgotten.

How are they getting to and from school?1. Transportation

How will your child get to and from school? If you are taking them, make sure you know the proper drop off location - I don't know about you, but this is a HUGE deal at my kids' school.

If they are riding the bus, make sure you talk to them about safety, including bullying on the bus.

If they are walking, make sure they are responsible enough to handle the job. If you don't feel comfortable with this, have your child go home with a friend or with a neighborhood mom after school. This can also be a great alternative to after school care.

2. Backpack safety

This one may seem like a silly one, but according to studies, some kids backpacks are getting too heavy. Many schools will distribute two sets of textbooks to prevent kids from having to take them home.

There are a few things you can do:

  • Buy a backpack with padded straps and back.
  • Check your child's backpack for extra contraband.
  • Try to encourage your child to use both straps on their backpack. At least then the weight will be evenly distributed.

Don't forget to check their eyes!3. Check their eyes.

I didn't realize this (probably because I already wear glasses), but many parents forget to get their kid's eyes checked until they complain of not being able to see the board. If you have a kid about to start kindergarten, go ahead and get their eyes checked. Then, remember to check them every 2 years - one if glasses run in the family.

If your little one does need specs, Lenscrafters is having a sale for the entire month of August - get a set of frames and get the lenses 50% off! I like getting my glasses here, because of their guarantee - 30 days for a refund or exchange.

4. Talk it out.

This may seem like a silly tip, but even if your kids aren't starting a new school, they may still be feeling some anxiety about starting a new grade. Take some time to sit down with your kiddo and talk about what to expect this year, things they can look forward to and anything else that may be on their minds. If there is something bothering them, make a plan with your child. This will help them feel much more comfortable.

Give to the less fortunate

5. Think of the less fortunate

Take this opportunity to discuss the less fortunate with your children. Many kids wtart the school year without supplies and basic clothing needs. Many local stores will do a school supply, backpack or sock/underwear drive for those less fortunate. To find one in your area, Google "school supply drive" + your city/town. If that doesn't work, check DoSomething.org for local events.

So, are you feeling ready now? Me either. :) Later this week, check back for lunch ideas and the beginning of my series on routines.

Did I leave anything off? What are you doing this week to prepare? Leave it in the comments!


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