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16 tips for parents on how to make this school year the best

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From day trips to afternoons at the local waterpark, it can be hard to give up what summer break has to offer and get back into a school routine. But as the school year approaches, it is important to plan for more than just the first day of school. If you’re ready to have the best school year ever, follow our guide to get and keep your children school-ready.

Ease Into The First Day

The first day of school can be a challenge for you and your child. There is a lot of stress in starting a new year. Here are some tips to make your first day easier:

  • Get into a routine. Summer fun often includes late nights and later mornings, but as the alarm bell gets closer to ringing, it is important to be ready for it. You should start getting your child into their school routine at least two weeks before school starts. Read our post about how to get your child into their school routine easily.

  •  Organize school supplies. While you’re out school supply shopping, think about organization. It may seem weird, but sometimes parents just get the items on the list. Get all of the necessary supplies, but also consider getting pencil bags and containers to keep their supplies organized and easy to find. Also, open necessary supplies before sending your child to school.

  • Transportation. Before the first day, make sure you have a plan for getting your child to and from school. If they ride the bus, make sure you know where the bus stop is and what time it will arrive to pick your kids up. If you have someone taking your child to school and picking them up, make sure they know where the drop-off and pick-ups are located and the times for both. If you’re struggling to find someone to handle the transportation, contact LifeSquire.

  • Conquer first day jitters. No matter their age, your children may be nervous about starting a new school. Beat the first-day stress by going to the school beforehand. Show them how they will enter the school, where their classrooms are, and show them where places like the cafeteria and bathrooms are located. Also remind your child that everyone is nervous on their first day, even the teachers.

  • Storytime. If you feel your child is getting into the back-to-school blues, share your experiences. Tell your child stories about positive experiences you had during your school years. That will encourage and excite them about school.

 

Throughout The School Year

Even though the first day has passed, it is important to set your children up for success. Besides getting their quarterly report card and encouraging them to join school clubs, there are other things to encourage a school year full of learning. Here are our tips for ongoing success:

  • Activity Calendar. Your children will often be sent home with a schedule of activities throughout the year. In order to make sure that your child has a clean purple shirt on purple shirt day, create a calendar with all school events. An activity calendar will keep you from being caught off guard or missing any important events.

  • Snacks and meals. Children that eat a nutritious breakfast and have healthy snacks will be able to focus and function better at school and while at home. Plan out breakfast and snack options for your child during the week.

  • Have a lunch plan. It doesn’t matter if you want your children to eat lunch at school, you pack their lunches, or a mix of both, have a plan. Children are bound to not like every meal, so they will probably request a mix of both. To avoid a lunchless day, go through the schedule each week, and determine what your child likes. When packing lunches, follow our handy guide on how to make school lunches easier.

  • Late nights = struggles. Even through the sad puppy eyes, you have to be strong. Your children may beg and beg for another 30 minutes, but always stick to their bedtime schedule. Your child getting enough quality sleep is critical to their success in school. Always make sure they follow their nightly routine and get adequate sleep.

  • Buddy system. Encourage your child to become friends with another child that lives near you. The buddy system is important for walking to school and for waiting at bus stops. It also will make them more confident and comfortable starting and ending each school day.

  • Encourage reading. Even during the school season, you should encourage your child to read. Take them to the library regularly to pick out books. Set a book reading goal for the year and maybe a prize for accomplishing it. Do something that keeps them encouraged to explore the literary world.

 

Create Excellent Homework And Study Habits

We send our children to school so that they learn and grow into educated decision-makers. Unfortunately, with all the activities and goals you and your child set, they may not have adequate study time. Here are some tips to ensure your children get the best study time possible:

  • Study space. Create a homework and study space that includes supplies your child will need. Make sure it has limited distractions and have them do their homework and studying there each night. Their work space is key to effective studying.

  • Ample time. Make sure when scheduling activities after school, that your child has ample study time. Don’t rush them through homework to make it to their little league game.

  • Technology. Create a household rule that all electronic distractions (i.e. phone, television, and more) stay off during study time. If your child needs to use the Internet or computer for homework, supervise them to make sure they stay on track.

  • Know the due dates. Children can be forgetful or not know when their homework is due. Make sure that you know their assignment deadlines and make them visible for your child. Include a paper calendar in their study space and write due dates for each assignment. Teach your child how to prioritize their homework.

  • The struggle is real. If you see your child struggling in a particular subject, don’t let it continue. Schedule a meeting to talk to their teacher about their struggles and get recommendations for people that can help them get back on track. It is OK for your child to need a tutor.

 

If you find yourself overwhelmed during the school year, reach out to LifeSquire. We provide quality personal assistants that will purchase school supplies, provide safe transportation to and from school and other events, meal and snack prep, and more.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

Lunch Bites: Tips and Tricks to Make School Lunches Simple

Your alarm goes off and after hitting snooze three times, you roll out of bed to realize you are late. You still have to get your kids ready, get yourself ready, make breakfast, pack lunches, and somehow make time for coffee. Does this sound like a typical morning? We’ve been there.

Packing lunches for your kids is a chore that must be done, but don’t you wish there was a way to make this task easier? Well, at least less time consuming during your hectic and rushed mornings. So today is your lucky day, LifeSquire is here to give you tips and tricks to make this necessary chore easier.

Make use of leftovers

You cooked that delicious dinner, so don’t let it go to waste. Use your leftovers to create easy to pack lunches for the next day.

Ask the kids

If you find the lunch boxes coming home full of food, chances are your kids aren’t enjoying their meals. Asking what they would in their lunches could help in the long run. They may tell you ten things they like to eat, but this will give an idea that they enjoy a variety of foods. If they tell you one or two things they like, then maybe they just need more of two basic foods.

Lunch calendar

Remember the days of getting the lunch calendar at school? You remember how excited you were on pizza day? Well, you can still bring your kids that joy by making your own lunch calendar. This will help you keep on track, and give them lunches to look forward to.

Stop the browning

If you child prefers sliced apples, you can keep them from browning after slicing by using a rubber band to hold the apple together.

Keep it chill

It is important that lunches stay cool, but instead of purchasing expensive ice packs, there are alternatives. You child will need a drink with lunch, so consider saving room in the lunch pail by freezing the drinks and letting them thaw until lunch time. Alternatively, you can freeze a wet sponge in a sandwich bag to use as an ice pack also.

Let them pick

Pre-package snacks and put them into a plastic container in the fridge. When it is time to pack the lunch, let the kids decide what snacks they want to take. A variety of options and the chance to decide will keep the kids happy and healthy.

Jazz it up

Kids love fun shapes. If your child is a picky eater and doesn’t want to eat what you provide, use cookie cutters to turn their lunches into a work of art. They may be more apt to trying new things if it is in the form of a fun shape.

Make lunches at night

Finally, consider making lunches before bed instead of early in the morning. Your time is often short, you are running around trying to get yourself and your kids ready, and you never know what you may face when the sun rises. Instead of potentially having to hand out lunch money, get those lunches packed before bed to make your mornings a little smoother.

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Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist