The New School Year Guide

Here are 5 ways to prepare yourself and your child for an exciting and challenging new year!


     Its that time of year again! When the leaves start changing color and Halloween decorations are lining store shelves (already?!?) then we know its time for the new school year to begin. This can be an exciting and stressful time of year full of new teachers, new friends, new schedules, and more homework. Luckily there are lots of ways to make the transition easier on your whole family. Here are a few tips to help you handle the new school year like a boss!


1.      New Traditions

Start a new school year tradition to get you and your family into “school mode”. This could be a special breakfast on the first day of school or creating a “time capsule” of stuff they love for them to open on the last day of school to see how much they have changed. This will create lasting memories and something that makes the first day of school something to look forward to.

2.      Teachers Pet

Your childs teacher will set the tone for their entire academic experience for the next 9 months. Reach out to them on your child first week by writing a letter or sending them an email. Let them know about your child strengths, hobbies, and personality. Tell them a little bit about your goals and expectations for your child this year and anything you may be concerned about. I assure you your childs teacher will appreciate the insight.

3.      Plan It Out

Plan a specific scheduled time for your child to get his or her homework done and stick to it! Take into consideration any extracurricular activities or appointments. Make clear rules about when electronics can be used well ahead of the first day of school. This prevents arguments in the future by setting clear guidelines and sticking to the homework schedule.

4.      Stock Up

Before school starts pick up some books about things your child is really into. The more excited they are about books and supplies the more they will use them.

5.      Set Aside some “Me Time”

Its easy to put all of the focus on the kids, but a new school year is about you too. Take some time to think about what your goals are this year. Whether it is reworking your schedule to fit in a workout class or taking a few minutes every morning to journal, every bit of “me time” counts!

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