Back to School Published on August 14, 2016 Independent School Districts across the nation are resuming and getting ready for the fall semester. Make sure you’re ready when your children are back in the swing of things. Start Fresh Things multiply over summer break when you’re trying to keep your kiddos entertained. Before school resumes, go through dolls and action figures, shoes, and all your closets and drawers and give them to a local refuge. You’ll enjoy buying back-to-school clothes when you can actually fit them into the closet, and some schools will accept used toys and education supplies to help fill their classrooms or send home with kids who would benefit from them. Check Out Extracurricular Activities Maybe your child is starting school for the first time, or maybe they’re moving to a new school. Maybe they are looking for a place to make more friends or release some energy. Check out the activities offered through your child’s school or your recreation department, or check out gymnastic classes, sport leagues, or dance academies available near you. Create Calendar Central Back-to-school time, working parents, and then adding more activities can immediately overrun your calendar and have you going all over. Make sure nothing falls through the cracks with a family calendar. Everyone can link up calendars with apps such as Google Calendar or Sunrise Calendar. You can even hang up a family calendar in a common space like the kitchen or mudroom so everyone can see it and add to it. Buy a Few Extra School Supplies There are families who don’t have the resources to purchase everything on a school supplies list, much less more; but if you are a family who does, purchase a few additional boxes of Kleenexes or a few more packs of markers. Take it from this mom, the teachers could really use it, but so could some of those precious kiddos coming back to school who aren’t as lucky. Start Your School Year Schedule Several days before school starts, have your children get on their school year schedule. Dinner at 6, bath at 7, and to bed by 8:30 (depending on the ages). Most kiddos have been foregoing a bedtime all summer and not having meals on a schedule so it will be easier to try and ease the family back onto a schedule before school starts. Also, if your kid arrives home and wants to immediately go to bed, don’t fret: younger ones, especially elementary school children, tend to be a little exhausted those first days back. Plan a Family Night With everyone getting back into their routine, it’s easy to pass like ships in the night. Plan one day a week to be a family night – no extracurricular activities, no friends, no working late. Maybe it’s a Thursday night pizza dinner or a Tuesday game night. Make sure everyone makes time to check-in with each other and hang out.