Saying good-bye to the lazy days of summer may not have been your top priority but last week’s return to school was the reality check for many new home owners. Back to school is one of if not the busiest time of year most Canadian family’s will experience. Whether your youngsters are just starting school for the very first time or your high school graduates are moving away to post-secondary studies, stress and anxiety levels are high for both students and parents. Ensuring things go smoothly won’t always pan out but being prepared always helps. Here are some tips on helping you make the transition as smooth as possible:
Get your paperwork in order. Getting and staying organized helps everyone keep on track. Be sure to check your child’s folders and agendas for daily correspondence. Tending to the paperwork the same day they get home from school avoids last-minute panic to have forms filled out the day they’re due. No one wants to frantically search their new home for pertinent papers the morning they’re due! Also, be sure to mark important dates (such as PA days, picture day, and parent-teacher conferences) on the family calendar as soon as new dates become available.
Aside from paperwork, getting things done the night before can really make mornings go much more smoothly for all members of your new home. Things like making school lunches the night before, picking clothes out (based on the weather forecast) and packing the backpack every evening before bedtime will save your precious time in the morning.
Plan a healthy breakfast. Remember breakfast is the most important meal of the day so ensuring your kids get a good portion of protein and healthy carbs along with some fresh fruit will help them perform at their peak potential. Make sure you leave yourself enough time for them to eat; some kids can be slow eaters. And for those who might be a little fussier at times, be sure they take a multivitamin. If possible, sit down with them and enjoy your breakfast alongside your kids at the kitchen table of your new home, that helps with lowering everyone’s stress levels.